Choose Your Wheelbarrow

If you think of your life as a wheelbarrow what happens when it is full of rocks? There is no room for anything else. If the rocks are the hate you hold on to, you can not move forward. Your wheelbarrow will be much harder to push. Empty all your rage into it. Visualize in your mind taking a match and letting that fury burn away. Then, you will have room for a more beautiful life than you would have had otherwise.

I know. It is not that simple. The harm others have done to you is not healed as if it was never there. The sting of it can linger on. When I was five years old a bee was chasing me. I tried to get away from it. I peddled my tricycle as fast as I could. The bee caught up with me. It died as it left its stinger in my left hand. The pain from it did not go away in a few minutes; it took several hours before it was gone.

Healing from wounds is a process. We need to treat it with an antibiotic to avoid infection setting in. If we apply the right treatment the wound can heal.

Love is a healing balm. It takes time for its medication to work.

There will be some wounds that are so deep they leave scars. Think of them as reminders of how not to treat others.

We all get it wrong. We all blow it. There are days when our love will be more like a flicker than a flame. When tomorrow comes we can try to be better people than we were the day before.

We can in time forgive, but we never forget. It remains a part of our memories.

It was only as I was willing to let go of hate that love bloomed. If I had not it would have destroyed all of my relationships. I would not have had the energy to love my wife, Karen, and others.

Tomorrow is a new chalkboard with a clean slate to write on. We can choose to fill it with words full of hate or love.

Each day we have a choice of the kind of people we will be.

“Love lights more fires than hate extinguishes.” — Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Spread love in your communities. It will change people’s lives. You will encounter many who have received and lost love or never been loved. The compassion you show to them will speak words of life into their souls. Having been treated with kindness they will be inspired to be like that with other people.

Loneliness would no longer be part of their existence. They would be too busy giving out the love they have received, because of the difference it made to their lives. I leave you with this question. What wheelbarrow will you choose?

I’m a sinner saved by grace trying to teach others where to find it.

About Dr. Kevin Osborne B.A., B.Th., M.A., M.Div., Psy.D. Ph.D. and Th.D. Candidate

I enjoy spending time with people just having a coffee or talking about life, philosophy, religion, politics or sharing a favorite joke or story. We learn from one another as we interact and share our joys, challenges and even our times of sadness. I enjoy reading, writing, singing and sharing in the blessing of community whether that is one on one or in groups. I'm married and am powned by two kitties named Sir William of Lounge a.k.a. Sir Lounge a Lot and Princess Catherine of Chaos a.k.a. Her Royal Highness Catherine of Englehart. Two years ago I completed my Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) through St. James the Elder University. On Sept. 26th 2020, I graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Canadian Christian Theological Seminary. These journeys were started over 20 years ago. In 1997 I received a Bachelor of Theology degree from Canada Christian College & Graduate School. Between working and studying it took 13 years to finish it. Let us pray for and reach out to each other with kindness, love and an embracing compassion. We can working together be servants with two open hands to those in need so that hate, indifference and inequality would lose and love will win. The peace and abounding joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Posted on October 11, 2021, in On Life's Purpose and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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