It can be frustrating to help people. Some will be grateful, but many will either take your help for granted or even turn away from you. When you pour yourself (your time, energy, and prayers) into someone else’s life, you need to remember that they still have the option to walk away. Even after all of your hard work. Even after a time of expressing gratitude for what you’ve done, that person can decide to walk away and make all of the same choices they made before—sometimes even worse.
I say this from personal experience. It has happened to us on more than one occasion. Generally, we don’t offer advice or counsel unless it’s requested. After all, unsolicited advice is rarely well received.
Here’s the thing. It’s still worth it. Never let the response of one person (or one dozen) keep you from extending yourself again. And, even if someone turns away, there’s always the possibility that they’ll return one day. You just need to make sure that you let them know that that door is always open. One day you might even hear the words, “Thank you for not giving up on me.”