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I Remember What You Did…….

Life is one big struggle.  The longer we live and the more we are “engaged” in the facets of life, the more responsibilities we have and we find that we face battles on more “fronts” than we did as young folks.  We all know the usual struggles like job, finances, health, parenting, marriage, extended family, and the like.  But it is more often those hidden and yet compelling issues that create stress, anxiety, and rob us of energy to do what we need to do or want to do.

How many times do you deal with hidden hurts, wounds, disappointments, fears, anxieties, and anger that is unresolved?  How easy is it to see any one of those flare when we have to deal with something “that person said” or we have to “work with that individual”.  Unresolved bitterness will destroy the kindest and most gracious person.  We know that our Master taught us to “bless those that curse you, and do good to those that despitefully use you”.  He also said, “Love your enemies”.  And, He told Peter that we should be forgiving a wrong doer an infinite number of times when He said, “Forgive them 70 times 7”.   Our fleshly desire is not to forgive and love, but to level, humiliate, embarrass, or crush the person that has inflicted great pain.  Vengeance is not the answer.  Vengeance is diving in “head first” to the shallow end of willful ignorance.  Anyone that does so will be wounded for a long time.  Read what some have written about vengeance…..

When critics sit in judgment it is hard to tell where justice leaves off and vengeance begins.

Chuck JonesVengeance is not the point; change is. But the trouble is that in most people’s minds the thought of victory and the thought of punishing the enemy coincide.   Barbara DemingA man that studies revenge keeps his own wounds green.  Francis Bacon, Essays.

While seeking revenge, dig two graves — one for yourself.  Doug Horton.

Perhaps we can relate to the man in this “old story”……

There was once a man who was bitten by a dog, which was later discovered to be rabid. The man was rushed to the hospital where tests revealed that he had, in fact, contracted rabies. At the time, medical science had no cure for this disease and so his doctor faced the difficult task of informing him that his condition was incurable and terminal. “Sir, we will do all we can to make you comfortable. But I cannot give you false hope. There is nothing we can really do. My best advice is that you put your affairs in order as soon as possible.”

The dying man sank back on his bed in shock, but finally rallied enough strength to ask for a pen and some paper. He then set to work with great energy. An hour later, when the doctor returned, the man was stilling writing vigorously. The doctor commented “I’m glad to see that you’re working on your will.” 

“This ain’t no will, Doc.” Replied the dying man, “this is a list of the people I’m going to bite before I die.”  (Copied).