Wanna move forward faster? Join with others on the journey.
I looked up the aerodynamics of birds and statistics on what happens when they fly together last night because I was thinking about how being on a forgiveness journey with others is affecting me.
Two kids in our church have basically rocked my world this week! Both of them have experienced severe hurts in their past and revealed that they have forgiven their offenders in the past week. One of those children did not go to their class and was actually sitting with their parent, sleeping in my Sunday morning class, because they weren't feeling well. They woke up for a few moments just as I was sharing something about the forgiveness journey I'm on, and giving the illustration of how this other child had forgiven the people in their past who hurt them. When the child woke up and heard that, God spoke to them to forgive their offender. During praise and worship time in the service, they began weeping and told their parents afterwards that God did a work in their heart about forgiveness.
Many more people have e-mailed or facebooked me and said, "I'm on the same journey, Deanna! I'm doing it and you're encouraging me!"
Yesterday I said that at times on this journey I've felt like I'm being carried on wings of grace. I realized last night that something in addition is that I'm being carried on the wings of others who are on the same journey. As we all fly toward forgiveness, there's a synergy that happens. Through the mutual encouragement, the flight to wholeness is not only more bearable, it's faster. We are not standing still - we are very much moving forward.
Last night on Twitter, Madea said, "Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps-a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or standing still." Indeed life is too short to stay stuck in the quagmire of unforgiveness while life goes by. There is a real need for us to get unstuck and move forward. Moving forward is easier when you're doing it with a group who are all committed to the same thing.
"Bear ye one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2