We have become farmers. Tomato farmers to be more specific. We've actually been quite the overachievers in the tomato farming business this year. If you see us, you'll most likely receive a bag of complimentary cherry or grape tomatoes. It's what we're called to do apparently.
Along with tomato farming comes worms, notably the tomato hornworm or Manduca quinquemaculata. Seriously, that's his legal name. He's a vicious little creature that can destroy a tomato plant in a single afternoon. He too is an overachiever!
Watching this little, actually quite big, hornworm eat away at our tomato plants reminds me of the lack of forgiveness that can eat away at our souls. Yes, unforgivingness is like having worms eating away at my soul! Ironic how it works. More often than not, the lack of forgiveness hurts me more than the person that needs forgiving. Ironic, and yet at the same time very, very sad.
"Forgive and forget." they say. Well that's much easier said than done. For real! Forgiveness is a difficult business, but it's so good for the soul!
“There is no use in talking as if forgiveness were easy…For we find that the work of forgiveness has to be done over and over again.” -C.S. Lewis
The work of forgiveness must be performed over and over and over again. Sometimes, it seems to be a never ending ordeal.
When I am hurt, and who hasn't been, I sometimes find the need to hold on to forgiveness. Let me just keep this forgiveness in my back pocket because you don't deserve it. Sometimes, that seems to be my unconscious thought process. Sad, but true. And who does that hurt? Only me.
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