Alan and I were talking the other day in the car while we were in Lake Elsinore......we drove by the Little League field where a few years ago, our son's Little League team played for the league championship....they had won the division championship and if they had won would have went on..but unfortunately, the manager didn't manage correctly. He kept putting in his favorite pitchers who could only throw fast balls, which the other team easily hit...the two other pitchers (our son included) threw all types of pitches, junk, slow balls, etc. which would have won the game but this manager didn't use them.
His two coaches were angry with him and
many of the parents, us included were very angry. The game was lost...it left such a sour taste in our mouths, our son has never played baseball since although he is very good. Since that time, the manager has passed away.
We were remembering this, recalling the game, feeling the same ugly anger when Alan looked at me and marveled...isn't this amazing, we still have hard feelings about some one who is dead? We had to laugh at ourselves. Even though the person is no longer living, we bore a grudge against him...
'Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD." Leviticus 19:18
Even the word bear implies a heavy weight, doesn't it? We'd been carrying this heavy weight around for over 5 years...and had to forgive this man and let the incident go. Just let it go. Thank the Lord, He brought this to our attention!
I have sometimes wondered why as we age, some get sweeter and some get more bitter....may it not have to do with years of bearing grudges?
Some interesting news is forthcoming, Ethiopia's Orthodox church is going to reveal the Ark of the Covenant soon..or at least what they have been guarding for almost 2,000+ years..You can read about it here if it is the actual ark..this will be one more step towards the Lords Return and the rebuilding of the Temple.
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