When I first made the decision to begin choosing my friends more wisely, it was tough to part ways with my past, but I knew it had to be done, not only for me, but for them as well. Although parting ways may hurt, it shouldn’t be viewed as selfish and inconsiderate. It should be viewed as a new beginning. In some circumstances, it allows both parties involved to grow stronger and wiser. Because sometimes, separation is what it takes to get out and explore other opportunities and possibilities that you never stopped to consider before.

As I said, parting ways may hurt. Even when done with consideration and care, some people involved may not be happy or take it the right way. I can relate to both sides, I have been the person parting ways and I have been the person being told it’s time to part ways. Let me tell you, it’s tough being on either side. You’ve shared so much with that person so it seems like you are losing a part of you. Time will tell that that is not the case when you decide it’s time to move on and do something with your life besides look back. You can’t move forward when you are looking back!

When you part ways with people in your life, you are separating yourself from what once was, you have a completely new beginning! You want to start that new beginning by focusing on healthy relationships built on following God and His plan. Cause His way is the way to life and light! Your relationship will thrive when based on Him and His way because you will both have the same desires in life. You will rock the nation when you have a friend on your side that has the same desires, vision and outlook on life!

When has it been hard for you to part ways with someone and how did it turn out for the better that you did?

Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.