A speech I share with service clubs, senior citizens groups and a few churches is titled, Forgiveness Trumps Psychological Issues. I am amazed at the receptiveness demonstrated by the listeners. Some audience participation helps the truth to come alive.
The idea that drives the speech/sermon is simple, get over the slights, hurts and betrayals of yesterday. I read about a man the other day who lived a humorous life to the age of 92. He was a baseball player who had ups and downs galore, served our country in WWII and still maintained a positive attitude.
Edwin Charles Roe, affectionately known as "Preacher" stated the secret of his longevity in the major leagues was "Clean livin and the Spitball." He said something else that really caught my attention when asked about some the minor scandals, minor by today's standards at least. "Baseball was good to me and I won't say anything bad about it or anyone in it."
A few happenings along the way did not sour Preacher on the game or the people. He knew that no matter your chosen field you will hit some bumps, some friends will prove false, but you must remain above such or become bitter. After a humiliating loss he said, "Some days you eat the bear and some days the bear eats you."
Job 1:21in part: "the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."
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