Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another
and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
When our son, Joshua, was very small, I did one of the dumbest things I ever did as a young father.
Joshua had a helium balloon that he had gotten from a restaurant. He was maybe two years old. I was carrying him around in my arms with the balloon was tied to
his wrist. We needed to go and do some other things, so I wanted to get rid of the balloon.
I said to him, “Hey, Joshua, I want to show you something really cool. How would you like to let your balloon go? It’ll go way up in the air. It’ll go up, up, up
– it’s going to go really high.”
“Joshua, do you want to see your balloon go really, really high?” I asked.
He said, “Yeah, Daddy, I do. I want to see it go really, really high.”
With Joshua still holding onto the balloon, I untied it from his wrist. “Okay now, Joshua, let it go,” I said.
We watch the balloon as it went into the air. As Joshua watched it he laughed. It went up, up, up, up, up, higher and higher and higher until it had disappeared.
I said, “Joshua, look, your balloon went up so high and now it’s gone.”
Joshua looked at me and said, “Bring it back.”
I don’t want to tell you what happened after that. As I mentioned already, it was one of the dumbest things I did as a young father.
Do you have something you need to let go of? Is there someone you need to forgive?
When somebody offends you, you will either treat that offense like a helium balloon, or you’ll treat it like a kite.
With a helium balloon, you let it go, it goes up high, and you don’t get it back.
With a kite, you let it go high but you’re still holding onto the string. Then, whenever you want, you can reel the string back in and bring that kite and say,
“Here it is.”
Do you know what forgiveness means? It means letting it go and not trying to bring it back.
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!