I have been reading a wonderful book by Greg Anderson called The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness. From my work with those who have lost their health, I can do nothing but applaud Greg Anderson’s work! I see almost every day the connection between harboring bitterness and grudges and the deterioration of health.
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer and then deciding that he was going to find out what survivors had done to cure themselves of cancer, Greg Anderson found an overwhelming number of survivors who had made the deliberate choice to forgive. Greg then chose to analyze his life and begin the process of forgiving those who he felt had wronged him. He believes that his survival is a result of that choice.
Forgiveness is not about the forgiving the sin or the trespass, it is about the freeing our soul of the bitterness and cankers that come from carrying the resentment.
I hope if you are carrying those heavy burdens of resentment that you will consider unloading them! I hope you enjoy today’s story!:
Leave Your Hurts in the Sand
A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.
The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand:
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.
They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him.
After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone:
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.
The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?”
The other friend replied “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”
LEARN TO WRITE YOUR HURTS IN THE SAND AND TO CARVE YOUR BENEFITS IN STONE.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.
Do not value the things you have in your life. But value who you have in your life!
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