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A Time to Heal and a Time to Build Up

In Holidays, Recent Headlines on March 25, 2010 at 10:19 am

Something occurred to me this morning as I scrolled the news of the day and read the comments on my Facebook wall.  It’s time to walk  forward.

It’s easy to conjure righteous indignation, it’s easy to hold a grudge, and it’s quite easy to judge another. But what really are the benefits of such behavior? What is the outcome of tearing another down? What is the net result of holding a grudge?

Energy that could be used to positively affect change is wasted. I contend that neither side likes waste.

I joined a silly group this week on Facebook, it gave me quite a chuckle, I must admit. It was something about “reminding Rush Limbaugh to leave the country”. This morning, in light of my suggestions for forgiveness as well as asking for it, I realized the folly of even so much as a click to join such groups. Truly, what would membership there accomplish?

I know that both sides of the political fence have groups that mock and tear down the other side. We could spend all day discussing why the other side is wrong. But truly, is there a point? What if that same energy instead were used to promote why you believe your side is right, WITHOUT ever discussing what the other view thinks. WITHOUT denigrating them. What if we followed the rules of our grandparents, “If you can’t say something nice (and honestly, frequently, that’s a challenge for me), say NOTHING.”  To practice the art of being silent at appropriate times is challenging.

I am reminded of the viral news from last week’s health care protest in Ohio, involving a young father and a retired PhD with Parkinson’s disease. Yesterday, the poorly behaved man apologized and made a donation to his local Parkinson’s foundation. There has been a lot of debate about the sincerity of his apology, etc. It’s time to accept it at face value and move forward.

In the Christian world, we are approaching Holy Week and ending our 40 days of Lent. At the beginning of Lent, I issued a call to give up conditions on generosity.

At the end of Lent, I issue a different call. I would like to challenge all my readers to give up anger, give up negativity, give up resentment. I am asking you to rescind your membership in any negative, snarky group you may be affiliated with. Let. It. Go.

C’mon you can do it! We don’t have to publicly ask Rush to leave nor countdown to Nobama.  We don’t need to denigrate the other side to lift up our own views. We can join groups with a positive message and show the world we aren’t about petty infighting. 

Healing can start today.  The season is now.

 

 

 

 

 

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