Tag: forgiveness

Smack In The Head Or Spring In My Step?

At our Weight Watchers® meeting this week, a gal was sharing that a waiter hurt her feelings when he questioned her decision to order a smaller portion from the children’s menu.  It wasn’t that he didn’t ALLOW it but rather he took it upon himself to question her as to whether or not the portion size would be enough food for her.  It has really bothered me all week.  I felt so sorry for the gal but then I shared one of my very favorite quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt….

“No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.”

She was doing what was  best for her and her weight loss journey.  It wasn’t up to the waiter to decide what or how much she should consume.  Hence, the quote – “no one can make you feel inferior without your permission.”

But then I thought about the waiter.  We look at him as being insensitive.  Maybe he didn’t mean to be insensitive or maybe he did!  But think about how many times we have done or said something that came across insensitive or rude (maybe we meant it or maybe we didn’t).  A lot of times hurting people hurt people.  But we must always go back to the scriptures.  Ephesians 4:32 says “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

We need to always be kind and act with a tender heart.  Then remember that those we are interacting with also have tender hearts.  And when others are insensitive to us, we must forgive and move on because every day we find ourselves insensitive to God and He continues to forgive us.

Does it still hurt?  Yes!  Do you still want to smack someone in the head?  Absolutely.  But when we merge the quote, “no one can make you feel inferior without your permission” along with the scripture, “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” we can move forward in our everyday life with kindness in our heart and a spring in our step.

(Watch out scales…. the numbers are comin’ down!!)

How Did You Know That?

When my daughter, Morgan, was little, she was a pistol!  Don’t get me wrong… we loved her, of course, and she was adorable with deep dimples, dark eyes and the funniest little personality.  But she was a little stinker at times.

One day I had scolded her for something and I shut the door and I knew she was in there sticking her tongue out at me.  So from the other side of the door, I said, “and quit sticking your tongue out at me.”  No answer.

A few minutes later she ascended from the closed door and said her “I’m sorry” with the cutest little puckered up face and tears streaming down her cheeks.  After I hugged her and assured her she was forgiven she looked straight into my eyes and said, “how did you know I was sticking out my tongue?  Can you see through the door?”

Just call it mother’s intuition.  We moms just know these things.  I’ve had my daughters ask me if I had eyes in the back of my head or who told me things when I really didn’t have any other insight except that as a parent I just knew.

Sometimes we do the same thing to God.  We metaphorically stick our tongue out at Him, shake our finger at Him and pout and ignore Him because we didn’t get our way.  We think He doesn’t know what we do or say because we have “closed the door” to Him.  But then He gently nudges us and reminds us that He is right there waiting with open arms to forgive.

In Psalm 139, David sort of asks God the same question Morgan asked me,  “can you see through the door?”  David knew that God knew everything – like He had eyes in the back of His head and David couldn’t understand it.

Verse 7-12 (this is David writing to God) – Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  If I say, “surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me”, even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day for darkness is as light to you.

David couldn’t stick his tongue out at God without Him knowing either and neither can we.  There is NOTHING that we can do that God doesn’t know about and better yet, there is NOTHING He can’t forgive.

What have you done that you think can’t be forgiven?  Give it up to God.  He is waiting right there on the other side of your closed door begging you to open the door so He can give you a big ole “you are forgiven” hug and wipe away your tears.

All Aboard!

I love watching toy trains.  I love watching the train go round and round a track especially if it’s under a Christmas tree!!  The sound of the “chug chug”  of the train and the sparkle of tiny little lights glowing bring a smile to my face and a warmth to my heart.

It’s so aggravating though when the train gets derailed and the normal roll of the train wheels is interrupted. But the good news is that when the train gets set upright again, it hugs the tracks and gets back in rhythm.

That’s how our lives roll.  We chug along enjoying the ride and all the sights and sounds along the path.  Sometimes we get comfortable and something we do takes our eyes off of the right path and we get derailed.  It may take a while for us to get back on the track and start rolling again.  The good news is that we have Someone who can set us upright and put us back on the track.

Sin derails us.  Forgiveness from God puts us back on track.  I’m so glad to be on the train to heaven and even when it gets derailed by something I do because of taking my eyes off of the path, I am thankful for the ultimate Conductor to put the train back on the right track.

Won’t you join me on this joyful ride?  The seats are unlimited.  The destination is to die for.  Grab your coat and sit down.  All Aboard!