Stephen’s Heart Note 2.25.19
Good morning team!
I hope this day finds you in good health (body, soul, and spirit). The plan is to send an encouraging note each week to express our heartfelt appreciation and share the heartbeat of our family to yours through personal thoughts, stories of victory, and Scripture. My hope is that this is a blessing, and allows you to understand that we are always here for you to visit or pray–whatever the need may be. Please let me know if a specific topic is needed!
We shall begin our conversation by thanking you eternally for the dedicated service you provide daily to each grieving family in your community. The individual care is only possible because you take the time to respond quickly to their needs and wishes.
- MERCY (James 2:8-13 ESV) 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
A recent conversation with some folks that love me dearly revealed a harsh judgement I had made internally regarding a family situation. I had spent 10 years wondering why we could not get past a hurtful moment and move forward in true relationship. It became painfully evident as I replayed the past conversations in my thoughts(gamefilm), that I had allowed resentment to build up because I judged the heart motives of the other person. Right, wrong, or neutral, the manner is which I judged created a relational beaver-style dam in my treatment of them, leaving just a mere trickle of any real relationship. HOW FRUSTRATING!? Once I realized this by the prompting of Holy Spirit(intense internal conversation), I chose to forgive completely and the mental dam broke away instantly! In that moment, my choice to extend MERCY and start again truly erased the judgment I had so freely given before. SO MUCH FREEDOM. I now get the opportunity to rebuild relationship with a free mind towards the people involved, no matter how long it takes.
All this is written so that you can take a moment and choose to give one person in your life a second glance mentally. It is not an easy internal conversation, but the fruit tastes much sweeter than any bitterness.
ACTION QUESTION: Is there something I can do to release freedom for myself and create new opportunities to truly love others?
Many blessings on your life and family,
Stephen P. Shain