1 Timothy 4:12 – Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
Do you know that we teach others how to treat us? Whether we are young and people look down on us, or if we’re old and people pay no attention to us, how we feel about ourselves will affect how others treat us. What we put up with really does matter. It is important that we be there for others and help them if we can, but we must be certain to set up good boundaries so that we’re not allowing others to take advantage of our kind hearts. It’s especially easy to do that if you’re a people pleaser. We want others to like us, so we do whatever they ask and accept when they dish out cruel words. There is never an excuse to take advantage of other people. You matter to God and he wouldn’t want you to continue to accept abuse. Also, people may respect you more if you set up those boundaries. Take that leap and believe you can do it! God believes in you.
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Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.