Let Me Be Frank… 2-26-20

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:32
Marea and I were visiting with Caden after our wreck on Thursday.  Caden and I were headed to Dora when we hit a patch of ice and rolled our Chevy Silverado.  We crawled out the back window, unscathed, but a bit rattled.  It’s going to be a process, but God is good and He was with us, protecting us through it all.
Marea asked Caden, “What have we learned from this?”  I think it’s an important question because you can learn something from any situation.  So, we expected, “Always wear your seatbelt.  Don’t let Dad drive.”  You know, that sort of thing.  But instead, he said, “You shouldn’t wait to try and make things right because you may not have tomorrow.”  And he’s right. 

We plan for tomorrow, but we’re not promised it.

That day, he reached out to a friend that he hasn’t spoken to in over a year.  They had a disagreement and that was that.  But Thursday changed him.  He texted and he was okay without a response.  He just needed to be kind and compassionate, forgive, and move on.
Sometimes forgiveness is the hardest thing we’ll ever have to do.  People can say, “just be the bigger person” all day, but when it comes down to it things just aren’t that easy.  There’s baggage to work through, there’s feelings to address, and the elephant in the room has made a nice little bed in the corner.  Things could just stay the way they are, and we convince ourselves it’s better that way.
Can I just encourage you to travel lighter today, friends?  Reach out to that person you haven’t spoken to in a month, a year, ten years.  Send a quick text and say, “I’m thinking about you.”  Forgiveness may be hard, but I guarantee you the weight on your shoulders is heavier.  We’re not promised tomorrow, so make today the day for kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.
“Just as in Christ God forgave you…”  We can’t do this on our own.  It’s only IN Christ that we are forgiven and saved.  And it’s only THROUGH Christ that we are able to be light in our relationships and in our world. 
Looking forward to a powerful weekend!
We are Central… and we’re in this TOGETHER!