I don’t give up easily, but have decided to do so. I’m giving up on changing anyone. There-I’ve said it; it’s off my chest. Cleverly crafted arguments don’t work, a preponderance of logic doesn’t work, and relentless attacks don’t work. Sure, there may be some short-term changes due to these types of things. But long-term, all of it is useless.
You know what works? Letting God be God.
Plain, simple, and effective. He has been changing the hearts and minds of everyone from rulers to reprobates for a few thousand years. Why would I think that He has now for some strange reason decided to alter course and have us mere humans be responsible for this activity? He has not done so, nor should He, nor would He.
Does discord abound in your family? Let God be God. Is someone you love travelling down a wrong path? Let God be God. Is there turmoil in your life? Let God be God.
I understand that we have a role to play in all of this. We must do those things that God has told us and shown us to do (pray, meditate upon His Words, show the love of Christ, etc.), but we can not change anyone. That is God’s realm. Let Him rule it.
Doing this will free you to simply be obedient to Him without harboring feelings of guilt because you haven’t been able to change those you hold so dear. It’s a great weight to remove from your shoulders.