Zig - Zagged n Twirled Barrel Cactus
Last week’s unnecessary tragedy
will have lifelong effect on countless people
all over the world.
Sadly, the disgusting event has created
even more anger, hatred and resentment among people.
We each have a choice.
We can decide our anger, hatred and resentment are qualified…
just LOOK at the reprehensible damages to life and limb !
There are many problems associated with that mindset.
Perhaps we now hit them harder than they hit us.
The result ?
More anger, hatred and resentment.
Where does it end ? How can it end ?
Do two evils negate the situation or
continue to fester until a
? ! ?
According to wise King Solomon
who lived and reigned about 950 years before Christ,
there is a time for hate and a time for war.
There also is a time for healing and a time for peace.
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How can we expedite healing and consequent peace ?
Surely you'll agree, it's a far better feeling.
It’s certain that if we cling to anger, resentment and hate,
we lose the battle to those who want individuals to be fearful and intimidated.
If we decide to continue to be positively constructive in the face of dangers,
then we must first heal ourselves and
disallow horrific occurrences from
holding us in a negative mindset.
How do we go about letting go of our anger, hate and resentment so we can heal ?
Perhaps we need to see ourselves clearly
to cleanse and release self defensive arguments from around ourselves.
A very wise Theologian, E.Stanley Jones,
shared several techniques for dealing with resentment and named it
CLIMBING THE LADDER OUT OF THE RESENTMENT PIT.
Here’s some of it:
- A -
Remember that the basis of most resentment is a touchy, un-surrendered self.
The fact that we have been able to hold onto the resentment
shows there is a self that is over sensitive.
When surrendered to the will of God,
we throw off resentment as a healthy skin throws off germs.
Unless there is inner disease or an abrasion of the skin, germs can get no foothold.
We should be suspicious of a self that can grow resentment.
It is probably diseased with self-centeredness.
- B -
Raise the question as to whether the resentment
isn’t rooted in imaginary slights, insults and wrongs.
A self centered person can imagine a group is talking about him when,
in fact they are talking about everything else.
An overly sensitive person can, by his very mental attitude,
throw other people into unnatural, closed-in attitudes,
which he interprets as intentional hurts and slights.
All the time, he is oblivious to the fact
that his own attitudes of self centered sensitivity
have created the very things in others against which he reacts.
Remember the old saying,
“When you go around with a chip on your shoulder,
it probably fell from the block above.”
- C -
Remember that focusing upon other people’s faults
is usually a defense mechanism.
By doing so, one is probably attempting to lift oneself up
by pushing someone else down.
It won’t work.
By mentally picking flaws in others,
one creates a worse flaw within themselves.
They become a critical person.
- D -
Be too glad and too great to be the enemy of anyone.
Be so preoccupied with good will that
you have no room for ill will.
Dr. George Washington Carver, the great scientist,
rose to fame through his chemical discoveries and service to Southern farmers.
Someone asked him for the name of the University
that had accepted him as a student, but then,
discovering that he was black, refused him admittance.
Dr. Carver refused to say, passing off the incident as nothing.
“the peace that passes all understanding – and all misunderstanding.”
Let us leave vengeance to God;
use only redemptive good will.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Give and it will be given to you.”