We all have unrealistic expectations when it comes to others, and ourselves for that matter. We live in a very broken world, filled with broken people and broken relationships. The reality is, we are all sinners looking for comfort and contentment…not to be confronted with unlovely people who hurt us and deeply flawed relationships that leave us alone and confused. This brokenness is evident everywhere we look and with whoever we communicate with. So what can we do? First is to be honest with God, others, and ourself. We can be responsible to someone, but not for them…and the only person you’re ever going to change is yourself with God’s help. Next, never be satisfied with the status of an estranged relationship…or as C.S. Lewis put it, “One of the biggest problems for Christians is not that we are dissatisfied, but that we are far too easily satisfied.” Most people hate confrontation…but Jesus confronted people all the time with love and truth, and we must follow His lead. Finally, never lose your joy. People are going to disappoint you, attack you, and even abandon you…but always remember that Jesus is there right in the middle of whatever you are facing.