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Love people.

I’ve always found it confusing, sad, and infuriating when Christians think that forcing particular interpretations of our faith onto others will bring others to believe in Jesus, especially when it is hardly ever done in love and rather in judgment. Most especially in a country that is founded on the freedom to choose our faith.

Have you ever seen judgment bring someone to know Jesus?

Because all I see it doing right now is making people leave the church, doubt the grace of God, and hate Christians more and more every day.

Because who wants to serve a God whose people won’t sit beside others, love others well, listen, and choose our common humanity over the rules?

You want to go and make disciples?

Love people.

Love them no matter what.

Like Jesus told us to.

For me, it is that love, not the damn rules that have been misinterpreted and weaponized by many, that will show the world who our Savior is.

A Savior who loves us into the seen, known, loved, and free we all are yearning for and need.


Justine is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 25 years of experience in traditional mental health and personal and professional development. Justine has been certified in the work of Dr. Brené Brown for ten years. Justine is the author of eleven books, including five Amazon bestsellers covering subjects such as infertility, faith, and grief. She has been honored to do two TEDx Talks, The Permission of the And and The Donut Effect. She travels nationally and presents virtually to global audiences delivering keynotes, workshops, retreats, and trainings on topics such as leadership, courage, resilience, mental health, preventing and coping with burnout, and courageous and curious conversation, especially in creating cultures of belonging and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Justine lives in St. Louis with her husband Chad, their three dogs, and for four months of the year hundreds of monarch and swallowtail butterflies.

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