May 30, 2019

This past Sunday, Sam and his sister, Julie, who is a world-class opera singer, sang a duet during the offertory. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard. The only thing that would have made it better is if they had invited me to sing with them. But for some reason, neither Sam nor Julie, got around to asking. It kind of hurt my feelings.

Have you ever gotten your feelings hurt? Have you ever been offended by someone’s comments or actions?

If so, get over it. Life’s too short to carry a grudge or be offended by either real or imagined slights.

Yes, Sam and Julie should have asked me to sing with them. Yes, my singing would have made it even better. Yes, I was a little hurt. Yes, I have a vivid imagination.

The point is that I can stew about the past Sunday or move on and not let it bother me.

A member of the congregation taught me the best understanding of what happens by holding onto a grudge. Kathy said, “Wrath destroys the vessel in which it is stored, and not the one on which it is poured.” Truer words were never spoken.

So if you are carrying a chip on your shoulder, remember what Paul said to the Ephesians: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32)

Set aside your anger, forgive and live life freed from the heavy burden of carrying a grudge. You will be glad you did.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me set down any grudge that I carry. Free me from anger and bitterness so that I may truly live life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

In following Paul’s advice, I have decided to forgive Sam and Julie. I feel much better already but I am sad because they don’t know what they missed. It’s their loss.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins