May 21, 2019
It’s Tuesday muse-day Wholetonians,
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A few weeks ago, I spent a few days of contemplation in the Sonoran Desert, in Arizona. No phones, computers, or internet. Just a spartan hermitage with a bed, a bathroom, splendid isolation, and…quiet. Sometimes, in order to “hear,” one must create a sanctuary of silence. And my trip happened to coincide with Easter week, which gave me focus. During my time of contemplation, I discovered something that really brought revelation to me, and I pray that it helps you as well.
Just about all of us have experienced the pain of betrayal at some point in our lives. And because of that betrayal, we were also given the opportunity to forgive. Some people have no problem forgiving, yet, others harbor resentment and hold on to the offense.
Forgiveness is an essential part of the prime objective…forgetting. Undoubtedly, no one has ever experienced betrayal to the level of Christ, and that betrayal was directly responsible for Jesus’s crucifixion. After Jesus was nailed to a cross, He uttered these words which were directed towards those who crucified Him; “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Regardless of the infraction, for us to be free, we must learn to forgive.
Ephesians 4:32 “and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
Mother Theresa once said "People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.” And because people are sometimes unreasonable, and narcissistic, if we don’t forgive them, they just move on and probably never think about it again. But if we don't forgive and forget, WE are left with the burden of the offense.
Now, maybe you’re thinking “I was betrayed, and I forgave the person, but it still hurts.” This is what I learned in the desert, you can forgive your betrayer completely, yet still not have closure because of one little word…why???
“Why did they hurt me after I gave them everything” is the issue that remains in our heart. Dear friends, when I was able to finally release myself from the “why” someone betrayed me, I WAS FREE! I have learned to love without expecting a return on my investment, and if someone rejects that love and turns against me, the reason, or the, “why,” they did it, no longer matters to me.
It is my prayer today that the lessons learned during my time in the desert may help you find closure to offenses that have hurt you for a long time. Every thought is a frequency. Are your thoughts worthy of you?
Here is the take away; forgive others quickly, and never let the question “why” ever rent space in your heart again!
Until next time…
Michael S. Tyrrell
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