When others choose, we are not responsible.
Is that an eye-opening statement or is it common sense to you?
We cannot control other people.
Everyone makes their own choices.
That includes your children.
When they are small, or still under your roof, you guide them to the right choices, giving them consequences when they poorly choose.
Because you are their mentor. Their guide. Their parent. Their authority.
When children grow out from your nest, their choices are their own.
Does not reflect you. At all.
When we acknowledge we are not responsible, we must recognize we cannot change others either.
We cannot beg our children to do what we want. Nor should we.
Decisions must be made on their own. Within their own conscience.
What can we do when our children make choices we deem unacceptable?
Love them anyways.
Be there. Fully. Not accepting sin, but accepting them. Always.
And we wait. We wait for them to come back.
While we wait, we pray. We get on our knees for their very souls who used to praise His name.
We know we aren’t responsible, but we feel we are. Don’t scoop up that burden.
Simply return them to God. He loves them more than you. His heart breaks when they think only of themselves.
You are not responsible for anyone else but yourself. Keep yourself in check. And give the rest to Him.