The striving has to do with forgiveness...
Nurturing bitterness as a prized possession.
We do that.
We protect our hurts.
They're real, after all.
No one would argue they're not
But it doesn't help us to do that.
It stops us.
We cease to move forward and wear ourselves out in the deep mud of striving.
Forgiveness is a thread running through all of our stories.
We've all been hurt.
People are like that.
We hurt each other.
But we hurt ourselves by striving.
I write to tell stories of God's grace,
But as I write, I learn.
I learn about forgiveness when my character forgives someone who's not apologizing.
I feel the burden lift as the words flow onto the page.
She's finally free.
And I ponder...
Am I free?
Forgiveness is the key to unlocking peace that passes all understanding.
Yet we think we're comfortable clinging to our hurts.
We don't know what's possible.
We haven't tasted freedom.
If we don't forgive others, God will not forgive us. (Matthew 6:14,15)
If for no other reason...
But there is more to it.
Prying satan's claws off a stronghold.
The lightness of liberty.
Are you clinging to hurt?
Are you tired?
Be still and know that I am God...Psalm 46:10
Let it go and know that He knows.
He saw it all.
And He doesn't want you to carry it any more.
Take His freedom.