Life is so short.
When you think about how much time we really have in our lives, it can be quite humbling to realize how quickly it can go by.
I am 49. The odds are that more than half of my life is over. I am to the point where I can remember things that happened before many of the people that I talk to were born. This feels very odd as it just seems like yesterday that I was a teenager.
I am now starting to feel like one of the “old guys” I used to know that would give me life advice. Back then I couldn’t appreciate what they were trying to tell us. I had no idea what they were talking about and sometimes I even thought they were kind of crazy.
Now that I am older I wish I had understood enough about life then to pay a little more attention to what they were saying.
I know how hard it might be for some younger people to try to understand the importance of taking advantage of the time we have been give to live our lives – because when you are younger you feel like you have all of the time in the world.
The time we have been given to live our lives is so very precious and one of the things that I have learned over the years is how many ways there are to lose the time we have been given.
One of the easiest ways to lose our time is by holding on to negative emotions such as anger, hate, and bitterness.
There are things that happen to us that are very hurtful. We could have a list a mile long of what types of things these might be but, no matter what the cause, at times we do become angry.
Becoming angry is a normal human emotion. “Normal” anger comes and then it goes. However, sometimes anger consumes us and we are not able to let it go. This is not normal – in fact it can be unhealthy.
Sometimes anger does not allow us to move forward in our lives in a healthy way. Anger we harbor can cripple us just like a broken leg would. We end up limping through life unable to really move forward in a way that would allow us to truly enjoy life.
While stuck in anger, we can watch our time fly by without us in it just as we might stand on the side of the road and watch a train fly by. Before we realize that we missed the train, it will be too late for us to get on board and recover the time we lost.
The only way to truly release anger is through forgiveness.
I know it is not easy to do but as God forgives us for our sins, we need to learn to forgive others for theirs. It is our ability to forgive that will set us free and allow us to truly enjoy the gift of time that God has given us.
Some people have told me that this is unrealistic because they don’t want the person that hurt them in their lives any more. What I tell these people is that forgiveness is an act for yourself. Forgiveness helps heal you. Because you forgive someone else, you don’t need to have a relationship with that person. You can choose not to but you should try to forgive them in your own heart and soul.
Let us try to follow God’s example as He tells us in His words: "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25
Let’s not waste the precious time God has given us on anger. Instead, let us learn to forgive so we may heal our hearts and souls and enjoy the gift of time that God has granted us.