People can surprise me still at times, for the good and sometimes the bad. Someone can write one sentence, share a song, or actually do/say nothing and change my perspective on a day, friendship, or even my self-confidence. Yes, others’ actions and words can impact me like that. They can inspire joy or elicit sorrow.
I would venture to say that people in your life can affect you likewise. We are made for relationship and connection. God created us this way. Therefore, how we live, what we say and do, will always impact others in some way, and they, in turn, will affect our lives.
However, I have been learning more and more to rest in who I am in Christ, to trust in His opinions and His love first and foremost. This week above all others is a deep reminder of this love for all of us, for the love that took Christ to the cross.