“Resentment. . . a door quietly closes.
Anger… the door slams shut!
Hurts from your heritage.. . fasten the latch!
Weakened faith . . . throw the bolt!
Four elements that can lock up a heart, keeping delight out and darkness in. Resentment, the cocaine of the emotions. Anger, the destroyer of joy. Your heritage- the straitjacket of expectation. Declining faith- the marauder of hope.” ~ Max Lucado
You can read more of Max’s thoughts on how to open a locked heart here:
(Just a sidenote for those of you who have been in abusive relationships. Forgiveness does NOT mean I will let him hit me again. I had a very twisted view of what Forgiveness meant. I thought that I was supposed to just ‘forgive and forget’ and let him do it again and again – 70 x 7 right? Wrong. My forgiveness towards my abusers meant I would not take revenge, nor put myself or my children in harm’s way, but that I would trust GOD to deal with him. I had to let go of the ending – and walk away. I was not his Savior, I was not going to change him, it was not my job. My warped thinking kept me hostage for a long time. More to come on this area!)