Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Problems vs. People

I have dealt with a lot of difficult people in my life. I have struggled through conflict, confrontation, and confusion in my communication with others. Haven't we all?

I'll shamefully admit that there have been a few times I have just avoided a person because I'd rather not have to deal with whatever problems were associated with them. Isn't that sad? I avoided good people, Christlike people, wonderful people...all because I didn't know how to solve a problem. Pretty embarrassing.

As I reflected on my thoughts from General Conference, especially those about forgiveness and compassion and being non-judgmental, I thought of this quote by President Thomas S. Monson:

"Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved."

This can be interpreted in many different ways, but my take on it is that the person is more important than the problem. My husband and baby will always be more important to me than any conflict we may have. I believe the prophet is counseling us that all of God's children are more important than conflicts, issues, or problems. Here's another goal to add to my ever-growing list: Love people so much that I am willing to solve conflicts or problems, even when it may seem too difficult. Kill them with kindness, I guess you can say.

What are some things that you do to show your friends, associates, and family that they are more important than conflicts or problems?

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