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What Are You Still Carrying?
by Alan Smith
Two monks on a pilgrimage came to the ford of a river. There they saw a girl dressed in all her finery, obviously now knowing what to do since the river was high and she did not want to spoil her clothes. Without more ado, one of the monks took her on his back, carried her across and put her down on dry ground on the other side. Then the monks continued on their way.
One of the hardest things we must do is to let go of something from the past. Someone does us wrong and seeks forgiveness, but we want to keep carrying the memory. Or maybe we made a mistake and we cant seem to stop beating ourselves up, despite the fact that we have done what God says to we need to do to be forgiven. We dont want to keep carrying the memory (and the guilt), but we often do. In fact, it often seems more difficult to forgive ourselves than to forgive others. So when are you going to lay down your past mistakes?
Paul had to forget his past achievements (as an esteemed Jewish leader). He also had to forget his past failures (which including persecuting and killing Gods people). He had to set those aside and dwell on the challenges and opportunities ahead. Guess what? So do you! So what are you carrying today that you should have set down a long time ago? Why not set it aside and leave it with God and go on the things God wants to do through you today!
* Irmgard Schloegl, The Wisdom of Zen Masters
Title: "What Are You Still Carrying?"
Author: Alan Smith
Publication Date: July 23, 2001