Have you ever watched someone accomplish great things? Maybe they start a really cool ministry, or pursue higher education and go way farther than you have. Or maybe you watch someone face something really tough with grace and even make it look easy!?
I have spent the last 2 weeks sick. I spent way too much time on the couch! I was really down for the count. I think the ridiculously long and nasty Minnesota winter is getting to us all.
This made me think about my impact on this world. How is it that I can be taken out for TWO weeks and yet nothing fell apart?
Sometimes this makes us question where we are at. I know this is true for me. Now, I have faced great tragedy and successfully survived, but what have I really done? I haven’t saved the world. I don’t have a PhD. I am not even a well known writer yet.
So what or who am I? I am a single, stay at home, homeschooling mom of two kids. I am an aspiring writer. Glorious huh?! (It’s ok if you just laughed) Even with this, I am sure that I am right where I should be.
Many times we perform the ordinary day to day. We do menial tasks. Sometimes these are training lessons. For some, our time has simply not yet come. I like to think that something really great is happening. Guess what!? That’s ok. Sometimes the really great things we do are in the small things.
Maybe as I do the daily grind and teach my kids about the world, math, and character I am really shaping a great leader. I could be teaching a future missionary. I could be shaping someone who will go on to accomplish great things.
No matter where you are or what you are doing, you are exactly where you should be. So, enjoy the ride!!! If I look at it this way, then maybe these ordinary days are not so ordinary.
Forgiveness has been a paramount lesson I have learned so far. It is not an easy word and even harder to practice. It was a long standing word and concept that I did not understand. I had a very warped idea of what forgiveness really was.
Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, our Father will not forgive your sins. Seriously!? Did he not see what that person did? How can I forgive what that person did? Honestly, I like to think the things I do are a lesser offense. In God’s eyes sin is sin, period.
First I think we need to look at what forgiveness really is. According to Merriam-Webster Forgive means…
1a: to give up resentment of or claim to requital for
b: to grant relief from payment of
c: to cease t feel resentment against (an offender).
Notice it doesn’t say anything about forgetting. It does not release them from the natural consequences or justify their actions. Forgiving does not excuse the hurt.
Forgiveness is the refusal to let the hurt consume you! It is releasing the hurt to God and allowing him to be the judge and jury. Hebrews 4:13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. He saw. He noticed. He will take care of it.
It also means that we don’t have to walk ourselves back to the hurt. There are people in our lives that we will have to part ways with. Sometimes we need to forgive, learn from it, and not walk ourselves into unnecessary hurt.
So, what hurt are you carrying around? Are you ready to give it to God? Will you allow him to work it out? Hard to do, but I have to tell ya it really is one of the most freeing experiences!!!