I don’t like Mondays. Its rubbish day.
It can be a beautiful, sunny, and a ‘full of pleasantry’ kind of day but its still ‘Rubbish Day’.
Sure enough every Monday a large truck will come along our road, stop outside our home and collect the bright orange bags full of rubbish.
Earlier I will have weaved my way through the house emptying small rubbish bins into the orange bags. I would have gone into the garage to discover that our cat has scratched a hole in the side of a bag to get at those smelly chicken bones. Hmm.
Its not the greatest way to start the week but its one of those tasks I have to do.
If I don’t, well just imagine the mess that would pile up, the smell, the flies, and the potential for disease.
Forgiveness is a choice. You choose not to be held hostage in the present to the injustices that occurred in the past. Shirley Glass
I have been in homes where you have to wade through the piles of accumulation. I have also been in homes where there is not even a speck of dust anywhere, the owner is OTT (over the top) on perfectionism and you worry about leaving fingerprints.
Whats this post about? Where am I going?
I’m talking about forgiveness.
A few years back, in a sermon series, I used the metaphor of rubbish bags that we carry around with us. Bags of resentment, anger and chicken wings that we need to get rid of and let go. Bags full of relational pain about ourselves, others and maybe even towards God.
Holding on to that rubbish, it slowly becomes precious (enter Gollum) ) to us, unknowingly changing our personality and robbing us of life.
Hoarding resentments just so we might be able to draw upon them in the future if needed.
Mondays remind me of the need to let things go, to forgive and not hold on to resentment.
But how do we forgive?
Perhaps using a metaphor story such as the cleaning of the house, the taking out of the rubbish could be a start, a trigger to your mind to think about the ‘How’ of forgiveness.
More to come.
Leave some comments below. I would love to hear from you as to how the use of this metaphor might have helped you.
Questions to consider and leave a comment.
- What happens in you when you think about forgiveness?
- Now does unforgiveness alter your personality?
- Which rubbish bag is the fullest for you? Anger against yourself, others, God?