My family tried for years to copy me.
My mom was especially adept
At trying to emulate my relationship with You.
For a long time it caused me to feel
That what I had with You
Was cheap and phony.
But the truth is what I have with You is real.
So real that my mom couldn’t
Possibly copy it.
She was never willing to pay the price
To have her own genuine walk with You
And, therefore, sought to destroy
What I had by any means necessary.
She would have succeeded
Had I not had a genuine
Relationship with You.
I have had to take a stand with them.
Yes, they have rejected me.
But, in truth, I laid out the boundaries
And they have made the choice
To be on the other side of them.
So in reality I am the one
Who separated myself from them.
I have declared what is true.
I have spoken Your words.
They made the choice.
~ Laurie Pontious-Andrews