Most people believe the journey they begin with Christ goes forward, but that is not how he works. A spiritual life is not cutting ties with people, in order to walk clean in the future. The journey home isn’t running away from obstacles. It is learning to stand where you are now and handle people, assert yourself, set boundaries and never feel your happiness is dependent on another person’s approval of your choices, beliefs or spiritual needs.

Some people say, “Once you learn to be happy, you won’t tolerate being around people who make you feel anything less.