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Comments by Debra Stitt - 5 Aug 2007
In Reference to: 16 August 1992 - BEING A CHRISTIAN CAN MAKE A PERSON FEEL LONELY IN THIS WORLD
Ray, it is extremely difficult -- and, yes, a very fine line.
The fruits of our labors are rarely realized until many months, or even years, later. A good example of this is something that just happened to me recently.
Years ago, a friend "lured" me into a conversation about health concerns. She wanted to know if there was anything that could be done in the way of diet to eliminate the problem she was having. The topic led to a discussion of dairy products and how they "bind" your body, etc. We were in a public place and this gal flew into a "rage" over my advice to cut out the dairy in her diet. It was such an ugly confrontation that we never spoke again -- until last month.
John's brother got married last month and this woman and her husband (John's best friend since high school) attended the wedding. It was the first time I had seen her in years. Much to my surprise, she's using a scooter to get around (only in her early 40's) because she has Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis -- both are autoimmune disorders aggravated by dairy products. She has so much degeneration in her spine that she cannot comfortably walk for any distance at all. When she does walk, she uses a cane and it's very clear the pain she's in. She has two young children that she cannot take care of herself and they've had to hire a nanny and a housekeeper to handle the day-to-day activities in the home.
In any event, she reached out to me -- literally. She approached me, rubbed my arm and said that after years of suffering, having children, etc., etc., that she had learned something. She has been forced to change her diet. Ironically, the same changes that I had recommended many years ago.
We just need to trust that God will work it all out. Do your best. That's all that can be expected of you. I backed away from this woman years ago. She heard what I had to say and it is a very painful memory for her. She has learned lessons in a different way, unfortunately. And, I forgive her.
My lesson in all of this -- NEVER think that you are not heard. You are! They may not want to admit that they hear you, and they may not see "the light" right away, but eventually it WILL shine!
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