Sadness

Just because someone does not love me that the way I want to be loved does not mean that somebody does not love me.
Often in my self-preoccupation and hunger for affirmation, I would dictate the way I should be loved.
And more often than not, I also end up disappointed for I have taken away the other’s freedom of expression.

Not everyone who disagrees with me is my enemy or my protagonist.
I do not know everything and there is always another side to any story aside from mine.
Often in my self-centeredness, I mistakenly believe that there is only one truth and that is my truth.

The opposite is true: not everyone who always agrees with me or does what I want is my friend or is truly on my side.
I have seen enough of life to know that people are capable of fabricating and dissembling appearances.
In fact, these are the people more to be feared.

In the end, where do I put my trust?
Whom will I truly believe in?
Into whose hands will I put my heart and be assured it will not be broken?

John said to Jesus,
“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”
Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.”
Mark 9:38-40

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