In the Little Rascals movie, they had a scene where the two little boys were fishing on the dock of a lake. They each hooked a “fish” at the same moment. One tugs and the other is pulled towards the water. The other tugs and pulls the other boy towards the water. As it turns out, their fishing hooks got tangled with each other underneath the dock. They were fighting against something that didn’t even exist. When we pull long enough, someone is going under and it’s usually us.
If Leading By Example Is The Way To Go Then We Need To Follow Toddlers
Kids toddle around the nursery laughing, giggling, single, and ready to mingle. By the time, we get to age 40 the laughter is not as ready on our lips and we are more likely to be focused on those who have done us wrong. Should we get back into that relationship? Not necessarily. But we should forgive and have no ill will towards that person.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. (Mark 11:25)
We Let Go By Changing What We Think About
Whatever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report; if there be any virtue [benefit/advantage), and if there be any praise [approval/compliment], think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
When we think on “these” things, we don’t become unsettled and create a scandal by telling people what others have done to us. If we keep thinking about a situation hard enough, two days later we will come up with the PERFECT response to that biting comment someone made to us. And of course, then we have to text them that response….two days after-the-fact. Remember, think on THESE things…
Letting Go Of An Offense Provides Heaven Instead Of Hell On Earth
Most of us need to let go of something that has happened to us. The more exposure we have to people, the more exposure we have to pain. As time passes, our thinking changes, our focus changes, our priorities change, by the time we no longer care, God avenges us. I challenge everyone reading this to go on an accelerated program to move on. Let’s stop fighting what’s not there before it pulls us under and let’s just let it go.