December 17, 2013 by Jen Cudmore
I am a fantasy football addict. Every season I go through the excruciating practice of selecting the players that will carry me to victory. Once my team is set, each week I sit in front of the television, with my laptop tuned in to the NFL page. While watching one game, I monitor all the other games to see how each of my players is doing. It’s a test of my multi-tasking talent and most importantly patience. Then it happens, one of my players gets hurt or doesn’t perform as expected. I’m furious. I berate the player, calling him every name in the book. He let me down. So, I drop him from my team.
This happens in “real life” as well. Family and friends do not live up to our expectations and we react with anger and ostracize them. Is it right? No, but we do it anyway. We are blinded by anger and don’t even consider there might be justifiable reasons surrounding the perceived transgression or that our expectations might be just be unrealistic. Whatever the circumstance, we are not only hurting them, we are hurting ourselves.
Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Carrying that anger instead of forgiving creates a detachment from God and His will. Whatever the transgression, there is nothing that cannot be forgiven. Jesus demonstrated that on the cross.
Patti J. Smith lives in Vista, CA, is married and the grandmother of two. She recently retired after working as a federal auditor, elementary school office manager and most recently background investigator. She also served ten years in the U.S. Army Reserves. She’s a caregiver to her parents and uncle and due to retirement has time to pursue her passion of writing. She has written poetry since childhood; however, heard the calling to write devotionals and inspirational stories. Through her work she hopes to spread the message of God’s endless love, mercy and compassion.
Her ministries include co-leading Rachel’s Hope Post-Abortion Healing Retreats in San Diego and serving as a Regional Coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. In her spare time she enjoys reading, travel and spending time with family and friends. She’s also a fantasy football fanatic as well as a diehard Seattle Seahawks. fan.