Morning Meditation: Revenge
At some point – the dramas in our lives will end. Either the relationships will heal, they will cease to exist, or there will be some happy medium between the two, where we learn to tolerate one another because we have to.
When we are in the middle of the drama of complicated relationships, experiencing the hurt, the disappointment, it is difficult to see that we will somehow make it to the other side. Yet, life goes on. Time heals wounds. New experiences happen, and the painful situation eventually becomes something you have lived through instead of something you are currently enduring.
Here’s the question to ponder that will help us avoid harmful actions. Andy Stanley, the pastor at North Point Community Church in Atlanta, phrased it so beautifully . . .
“When it is all said and done, and there is nothing left but the story to tell, what do you want your story to be?”
When we get to the other side of the situation, regardless of how it resolves, we want our story to be that we acted in and out of love. We didn’t seek revenge. We didn’t try to hurt them because we were hurting. We didn’t lash out or project our pain. Instead, we took the high road and acted out of love.
We will NEVER regret being able to say, “I did all that I could, and at the end of the day, I acted out of love.”
“When it’s over, and there is nothing left but a story to tell, what do YOU want your story to be?”