Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Permission


I need to give you permission

To be you…

Much different than me



Not right

Nor wrong

Just different



Not better

Or worse

Just different



Permission to be you

Without finding fault

Or trying to make you into a lesser me



Permission to get up at the crack of dawn

Or wake up slowly and fall asleep early

Even to drag yourself to bed at the end of a long hard day



Permission to speak up

Or stay silent

Trusting God for the right time to say what’s on your mind



Permission to think different than me

To come to the same conclusion via a different route

Or arrive at something entirely different



Permission to feel that which I seldom feel

To express your emotions

In ways…I still don’t understand



Permission to go out ahead

Or stay behind at a slower clip

Without passing judgment as to who is right or wrong



Permission to not fully understand you

Or to no know why you do the things you do

Or why you are the way you are



Permission to be the one

Whom God formed in your mother’s womb

Not just your body...but your personality too



Permission to have weaknesses and flaws

Knowing full well

God is working on your character as well as mine



Permission to have a past

That formed you and shaped you

Leaving imperfections that are all too visible this side of heaven



Susan Bunts Wachtel

November 3, 2008


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