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The Adventure Link: Staying Sharp...Let it go!
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister, Covenant Community Church on Sep 29, 2003, 08:28

The Adventure Link

Staying Sharp...Let it go!



As we start to wrap up this series over the next few days...let me share with you a story from the world of football. If you are not a big football fan then just read the story, you will get the point....and I will get spiritual in a moment.


When former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann achieved the pinnacle of success for every NFL player when he was voted into the Hall of Fame he used his induction speech to say some things that had been on his mind for a long time.


The reason he wasn't voted in sooner, he explained to the audience, was the fault of Terry Bradshaw (the Steelers quarterback). "Bradshaw did not seem like he wanted to throw the ball in my direction," he said. "He has four Super Bowl rings...but could he read secondaries? I doubt it. What made Bradshaw decide not to throw more passes at the end of my career, I have no idea, no idea."


Isn't that a shame? Instead of using the day to enjoy the honor that is due him, he used it to unleash pent-up anger. (The way I see it Bradshaw threw to him enough to make it to the Hall of Fame, was always an advocate for Swann to be inducted, and was always gracious about how talented Swann was as a player. What if Lynn Swann would have played for another team with another quarterback, would he have made it into the Hall of Fame at all? HMMMM....Perspective......)


Many people go through their lives hanging on to hurts. They say, along with David... 

Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence. (Psalm 73:13)


There's a way to deal with resentment and hurt. Dwelling on it, wallowing in it, reliving it, this isn't the solution. Looking for ways to get even isn't the solution. But I'll tell you what has worked for me. When I find myself reliving past hurts this is what I remind myself to do.


Don't  over talk about it. Most of us have been told that talking about such things will help with the "healing process" but some people just want to talk about and dwell on the problem...never moving forward.  Talk about it, then get ready to move beyond it.


Do pray about it. I ask God to change my heart, and I ask him to pour blessings on whoever it is I resent.


Look for a chance to do good. I know a pastor who sends a check each year to a contentious church he served years ago it's a step towards saying "I regret the hard feelings that developed between us."


Most of all, Let it go. We have to make a conscious decision: "I am not going to hang on to that any longer." Sometimes we have to "let it go" 10, 15, 20 times a day. However many times it takes, keep doing it until it works.


Resentment isn't worth it. Hanging on to hurts won't help those hurts heal any faster but it will rob you of joy today. Let it go.


Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. (Psalm 73:1) 


The adventure continues

The series ends next time.....

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