The Mercantile Minute
There's a story that I have heard given at several funerals written by a woman named Linda Ellis about "the dash". In this story, they refer to a person's birth year, and their death year, and how those are often looked at as the most important pieces of who someone was after they are gone, but what really matters is the dash in between. For example, if a 100 year old person died this year it would say 1916-2016. That dash in between represents all of the years they lived, the lives they touched, the accomplishments that they acheived and the mistakes they made. This dash is the time they spent on this earth. I have thought a lot about this lately and have come to the conclusion that this anecdote is only partially correct. While this dash is important, it too quickly lumps an entire life together. I believe there are many dashes in a person's life. Sometimes that dash represents a segment of their life that they would rather forget. Sometimes, that segment they would rather forget though made them the person they were and enabled them to live the next dash in a way that helped others and brought them great joy.
My encouragement would be to look deeper than just that dash. Look at all of the dashes for all of the times in a persons life, and then and only then will you be able to see who they were, what they really accomplished and who their life inspired along the way.
I've heard it said to me that everyone gets to choose who sits on the throne of their heart, and whatever they choose is the King of their life, and gets the most attention. You can see this demonstrated quite clearly in the lives of people around you. If a CEO has his company on the throne of his heart, then as king his company will get much of the attention that his family rightly deserves. I've met many men that have sports on the throne of their heart and because of this, people and what they need take a back seat to sporting events and Sunday on the couch watching the "big games". Many teens have XBox or Playstation on the throne of their heart, and because of this their grades are suffering.
So what SHOULD be on the throne of your heart? Your wife? husband? family? church? Well, no, ALL of these are important, but unless you have Jesus on the throne of your heart, their is no way to guarentee that you have the right motives, or the right priorities througout your life. He is able to do abundatnly more that you can do on your own, and He wants what is best for you! So choose Jesus as the King of your heart and life and see everything else fall into the right position!
Anger is a real issue in our world today. The main problem with anger though, is that, when held on to, it's kind of like taking poison yourself and thinking it will hurt someone else. Anger has been associated with heart disease, depression and a host of other health issues. You can literally "mad" yourself to death! So why are people so angry no days? I have a feeling it has more to do with their own lives, and sadness in their own dayd to day events than it does with you or me or really, anyone else that they interact with each day. I have made a commitment with myself to never get mad at someone because they sin differently than I do. You see, I am sinner just like you are, and when I see events transpire that involve someone doing wrong, it would be pretty hypocritical of me to stay made at them when I am far from perfect myself.
The main thing to keep in mind is this:
No matter WHAT someone does to you, just remember that you have also done wrong in your life, and Jesus forgave you! Don't you owe it to others to forgive them too?