How do you know for sure your friends listen to you?
Another one of those things in life I do not have time to concern myself with. If anyone, friend or otherwise, wants to hear my opinion, I'll offer it. Whether or not they listen to what I have to say does not matter to me in the least.
What I say to my friends are what God tells me. The TWO things that all my friends and family have taken to heart from what I said to them is, "Do not give up."And they know that I will always love them no matter what. I will be honest, that is the only two things. They say I am one of the strongest person they know and they say I have unfailing faith. They know that and yet they have not practiced it that much yet. They always come back and ask me the same questions and I tell them the same answers. One day they will hear it, not from me, but from God.
I would die for my God, my family and my friends. No matter what my family and friends have done, the choices they make, the mistakes they make, no matter how they treat me. God had spoken to me to not give up on certain people and I still haven't to this day. There are some people that are sometimes ashamed to talk to me, too scared, too disappointed but I always tell them, its okay. I love you. No need to be afraid, ashamed, or disappointed. They will be forgiven.
So, if it seems like they don't listen to you, don't ever stop trying because you will get through but God ALWAYS gets through. If they don't listen, all you can say, I love you, I am always here, and I will pray for you and I will be here when you're ready. Don't ever stop loving and don't ever stop praying. It does work. Its taken me years to get through to someone that I know and she thought no one loved her, but she finally realizes that some one does. Today, no matter how much trouble she is in, she asks me to pray for her and love her. I tell her, I've never stopped. I don't stop because God doesn't. So....don't ever stop.
They ask you to clarify or they paraphryze your story back to you, it is very important for us human to be heard, to be valued...active listening is a gift you can give to your friends every day and it is one of those priceless gifts that are the most appreciated:)
When people ask you a question, then as you are trying to answer it, they are reiterating their view. I know they want you to confirm what they think and if you don't, then they are trying to convince you.
They explain their position. I explain mine. They explain theirs again. I walk away.
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