Traveling along, cruising at 8 miles over the speed limit. BAM!!!! Suddenly, I am jolted awake, out of my blissfully ignorant road trip.
My clean little upper room was rattled this weekend. Not in a bad way. But in a way that is requiring something of me. Release. Surrender. And then praying for something. Let me explain.
I attended a retreat for the Way of Life Coaching, LLC, leadership team. We usually have one to two retreats per year for personal development, spiritual growth, and overall team leadership development. It is a phenomenal time of community, friendship, growth, and love. Oh yeah, I usually take lots of walks on the beach and learn a whole lot, too. Doesn’t sound too shabby, huh?
The director of Way of Life Coaching, LLC, Cheryl Scanlan, discussed forgiveness at length this Saturday. And, I left a changed woman. She challenged us to search our hearts and ask God to show us who we may need to forgive. Most of the time this is pretty obvious. But for me, I had a major revelation this weekend. Here is the question that brought me to my knees:
Who can you NOT pray for and ask God to pour blessings on?
So as I ponder this week and work through my list of 8 people, I kindly request that you consider this question in your own lives. I want to be free indeed and that means being able to forgive and ask God to pour blessings upon these 8 people. They will never know who they are, but I know and God knows, and my friend, that is all that matters.
“Even as the angry vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him….Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me your forgiveness….And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives along with the command, the love itself.”
Corrie Ten Boom – The Hiding Place