Saturday, December 16

Holding Grudges…why Not?

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“Leviticus 19:17-18
Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt. Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.”

Its hard to not hold a grudge against the person that fired you. Its hard to not hold a grudge on people that beat you out of getting what you want. Most of all its hard to not hold a grudge on the people who break your heart. God has a plan for everyone. Sometimes you may wonder why would he do certain things or let certain things happen. When you loose the championship game after you tried so hard, you can wonder why did God choose me to loose? God says in Leviticus 19:17-18 that we shouldn’t hold grudges, and that we should love everyone! I know I think to myself why do I have to love people who are mean to me? Why do I have to love those people who do me wrong?

From my experience- I was resently fired from my job at Home Depot. I’m trying to not sound biased, but I was a hard worker. I may have had a few tardies here and there, but thats our little secret. My ex girl friend’s mom called me and asked if I knew if Home Depot had good deals on flowers. I told her to come by and we would take a look. She come by that afternoon and I walked her around the Garden Center. She wanted specific flowers that would grow down a hill and she wanted color. I showed her some good selections and recommended perianials so that they would come back next year. My ex girl friend was there too and walked around with us. I had a radio and two Home Depot phones on me while I walked around and I answered them when they rang. One phone call lead me out of Garden center, so I told them I had to go. I took care of the customer on the phone and went back to garden center. I saw them leaving and went to say goodbye. My ex comes up behind me and kisses the back of my neck. I tell her bye and don’t think much of it. The night goes on and a shipment of 200+ palm trees come in. I’m one of the first associates to volunteer to help unload them. When we finished unloading them I asked a certain manager if I could talk to him about requesting my Graduation day off (the next Saturday). He says ok then asks “What was up with your girlfriend earlier?” I asked him what he meant and he told me that I had spent the day goofing off with my girlfriend, ignored my phone and radio, and didn’t work. I told him he was wrong and that I was helping her mom shop. He argues “Her mom didn’t even buy anything.” I knew she had because I watched her go through checkout and leave the building. I argued back “yes, she did”. He keeps saying no she didn’t and keeps accusing me of not working. I raise my voice and tell him that I was working and he wasn’t going to call me a liar. He sends me home and I was fired the next day.
Whether I was right or wrong I held a grudge against him for a long time. I thought of ways of getting him back. Untill the other day I was offered a web design job and I could work from home. Now here I am spreading God’s word while writing this blog. I thank that manager everyday for firing me. God didn’t want me to stay there and sell dirt anymore. He wanted me here to write to you.

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