A merchant in a small town had an identical twin son. The boys worked for their father in his department store and when he died, they took over the store. Everything went well until the day a twenty-dollar bill disappeared. One of the brothers had left the bill on the cash register to attend to a customer but when he returned, the money was gone. He asked his brother probing with a subtle accusation in his voice. Temper rose and before long, a bitter chasm separated the young men. They refused to speak, decided they could no longer work together and erected a dividing wall from the centre of the store. For twenty years the hostility grew, spreading to their families and the community. Then one day, a man from another state stopped by, walked in and asked the clerk, “How long have you been here?” The clerk replied ‘all my life’. The man then said, “I must share something with you. Twenty years ago I rode into this town in a boxcar. I hadn’t eaten for three days. I came into this store from the back door and saw a twenty-dollar bill on the cash register, put it in my pocket and walked out. All these years I haven’t been able to forget that. I know it wasn’t much money, but I had to come back to ask your forgiveness.” The man was amazed to see tears well up in the eyes of this middle-aged man. “Would you please go next door and tell that same story to the man in the store?” he said. Then the customer was amazed to see two middle-aged men, who looked very much alike, embracing each other and weeping together in the front of the store. After twenty years, their brokenness was mended and the wall of resentment that divided them came down.
This classic is straight up for us this week. Life is too short for experiment that can blow up the laboratories of our relationships. Insignificant disagreements if not handled with care can lead us into resentments, bitterness, depression and breakdown of communication in relationships. People have been fired from work, partnerships broken in business because of relationship management. There is no offence grievous that shouldn’t be forgiven anyone. It is often the little foxes that spoil the vine. The solution which may not be of a popular consensus, but it is simply to let people go when they hurt us. This week, refuse to harbour bitterness and you will be amazed at how much energy you have to build bonds with those you love
Let’s just learn something different this week. This question is an important consideration in life. What can we do to become better thinkers and to be more creative in our lives? Medical science noted that the human brain takes a downward slide very early at age 25 in every human being but however we can keep ours running at peak function if we choose to know how at whatever age.
The Know How:
- Keep learning new skills – playing new instruments, learning new languages, engaging in certain mental exercises like crosswords puzzles, journaling or story writing.
- Improve your brain routine by not wasting mental energy. You can choose to remember the “small stuff” – birthdays, anniversaries, outings, what to buy from the store, when to renew your driver’s licence by simply using calendars, notebooks, file folders, planers and shopping lists. Don’t commit to memory anything that can easily be looked up in a book.” Use mental energy for learning important things, life skills. Our brains need challenges on which to concentrate, rather unimportant things to remember!
- Whatever works for the heart will work for the brain.” This simply means: Eat well and healthy especially large quantities of fruits and vegetables. You can also choose to eat the so-called brain food: blueberries, wild salmon, lemons and cinnamon, green tea, saffron.
- Exercise, rest well, laugh and stay away from avoidable self-imposed stress.
- Above all, embrace God’s thoughts in your life. Read His Word to receive His wisdom. For the Lord God is wisdom and from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding
Soap cleanses the outside, fire cleanses the inside. And the Spirit of God does both! When you sin, repent! In-depth repentance brings in-depth cleansing. Don’t feel bad about feeling bad, feel good about it. Be glad your conscience is still sensitive and responsive to God. What you never want to hear God say is what He said about Ephraim: ‘Ephraim is joined to idols, let him alone’ (Hosea 4:17 NKJV). The fact that God is convicting you of sin is proof of His love for you. God can forgive your sin but He cannot overlook it. Unconfessed sin disrupts your fellowship with Him. Forgiveness is about more than just escaping the penalty of sin, it’s about restoring your fellowship with God. You say, ‘Won’t God get tired of me sinning and repenting?’ If Jesus told Peter to forgive his brother ‘seventy times seven’ would He do less for you? The Bible says: ‘”Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool’ ‘ (Isaiah 1:18 NKJV). When you sin and try to hide from God you only prolong your misery. So the moment you become aware of your sin, confess it, then leave His presence confident that He has forgiven you. You’re not a loser, you’re a learner. Alexander Pope said: ‘A man should never be ashamed to own he has been wrong, which is but saying in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.’