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Staying Open and Connected
By Victoria Osteen - Jul 25, 2011
I heard a story about a couple who had a big fight. That night, the man and wife were still not talking to each other. Since the man didn't want to give in first, he left her a note saying, "Wake me up at six o'clock in the morning." The next morning, the man woke up at eight o'clock and was furious. He was about to go find his wife and give her a piece of his mind when he noticed a note on his side of the bed that read, "It's six o'clock; wake up!"

Have you ever been so upset at someone that you ended up giving them the "silent treatment?" When someone hurts or offends us, we can be tempted to disconnect and close our hearts. But, we have to remember how valuable our relationships are. People are what matters most to God, and our relationships are the only thing we have that has eternal value.

Scripture encourages, "Don't let the sun go down on your anger." It's not good to go to sleep mad and frustrated because you'll wake up with that same anger and frustration you went to bed with—and you probably won't sleep very well anyway. You may not have the resolution to the disagreement by the time the evening comes, but if you will learn that you can disagree and still be friends, you will enjoy your relationships a whole lot more.

It is so freeing to recognize that even though you are different from the people in your life, you can still love each other and stay connected. Just because you have a disagreement with your friends or family members does not mean that there are not plenty of other areas where you do see eye to eye. Having the same heart and the same goal is what maintains a good connection. It's not about agreeing on every single little thing.

Remember today, there will be times when we don't agree on every decision or subject with the people in our lives; but we should always believe in one another, support one another and move forward through life together—connected.
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