When I think about the word "enemy" I visualize Satan, demons and very evil people. I don't ever think about my being what others may visualize as their "enemy!" Unfortunately, no matter how hard we may try that is exactly what happens. People will misunderstand us or feel something negative about us that we don't even know is going on there.
We have all experienced it at some point in our lives; especially if we have children. Our toddlers think we are trying to keep them from fun stuff when we remove them from something like sticking keys in an electrical wall plug. Our teens think we live to rob them of all their fun because we don't allow them to go places that we know from experience will not be a safe place. It is no fun being the enemy of your own kids but unfortunately it comes with the job of parenting!
It grieves me to know that there are people that I once considered dear friends and family that no longer care to see or hear from me. This happens to all of us no matter how hard we may try to not find ourselves in that position. I am so naive that I have actually had a relationship with people that I thought we were very close only to find out differently. It's devastating to my "Pollyanna personality" but I have no clue how to keep it from happening. We have to accept the fact that not everyone is going to like us!
We really shouldn't take it so personal because everything is not about us according to my pastor's sermon a few weeks ago. I would love to tell you that I don't take it personally but that would be a lie. I take it very hard as most of us do. I really have to seek God to get me out of that emotional bondage. Once I find myself at the foot of the cross and only then does God begin to pick me up and show me that He loves me ~ Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Each day gets easier and each day when I focus on His love then the pain put there by others begins to move out of the way. God's love heals the broken heart!
Don't go twenty years letting one negative comment hold you back. You are not who people say you are, you are who God says you are. Joel Osteen
This picture was taken when my daughter n law had her first born!