Rocks in your Pockets
I like to pick up rocks when I am outside. Whether hiking or camping or just being out, I always pick up rocks. I love the unlimited diversity in textures and colors and shapes. But ultimately, they do nothing for me. They just come home and get transplanted into a flower pot. They often are dirty and make me messy. They weigh me down as I walk around. I pick them up not for any particular reason, but compulsively when I see one that catches my eye.
I do not know if God does this with you, but He likes to use things like that for me as object lessons. He reminds me that I do the same thing when I do not forgive someone. They do something that hurts or upsets me, and I decide to hold a grudge. Maybe it was a big thing, maybe a set of identical things, maybe something incredibly small. Just like the rocks, there really is not a reason to hold onto them except that I do so compulsively.
Colossians 3 is a great chapter when you have a bad attitude and need a kick in the pants. It says to focus on Christ. Do not dwell on Earthly things but remember that your Life is in Heaven with Christ. If that is not enough, it calls out our evil nature like sexual sins, greed, idolatry, anger, rage, malice, and filthy words. We do this because He has made us NEW. He loves us and calls us to “Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (not my go-to's when I am upset). But verse 13 really hits home. “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
I know that I should forgive and give up my grievances, but instead I tend to hide them in the dirty corner of my heart that I do not like to show to anyone. But all they do is make me dirty and weigh me down when I need to do God's work. As I work to forgive those around me, I ask that you forgive me and work to see all those around you as He sees them! Each person is a beautiful creation in the least, and in the Church, a child of the KING! May we all clean out our dirty corners and shine the light of the Gospel around us.