Joseph renewed his promise to provide for his brothers and their children. The Bible says he comforted and spoke kindly to them. I like to imagine a big group hug took place -- all of Jacob’s sons truly together, at last. While Joseph had let go of his resentment and completely forgiven his brothers, they … Continue reading The Other Side of Resentment: Forgiven, but Can You Forgive Yourself?
Joseph finally had arrived in life. At least, that is how most of us would feel after having literally risen from pits of dirt and despair, shed real chains (as well as spiritual ones), and miraculously leaped the crater between slave and prince. Day by day, Joseph oversaw the distribution of the food stores to … Continue reading Beating Resentment: Choosing God’s Way at Life’s Crossroads
Rose Kennedy, who endured the loss of three sons – Joe, shot down during World War II; then John, assassinated in Dallas when he was president; and finally, Robert, murdered as he campaigned for the White House – put it this way: “It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The … Continue reading It Takes More than Time to Heal Wounds of Resentment
Ever been caught under the breakers on an ocean beach? A big wave crests and crashes down on you, sending you face-first into the sand. The tide recedes and you think, “Wow. That felt like a wet mountain, but it’s gone. I’ll get up and go back to building sand castles.” Then another wave flattens … Continue reading Riptide of Resentment
Part 2 The Pain of Empty Promises and Betrayal Everyone can tell you stories about “empty promises.” Maybe it involves something as simple as being stood up for a date or being denied an expected promotion or raise. It might be something more heartbreaking, such as betrayed marriage vows that leave a lifetime of trust … Continue reading The High Cost of Resentment
Part 1 Resentment If you live long enough, you WILL experience resentment: — The premature death of a loved one can bring resentment towards God, other family members, or even guilt that turns resentment inward. — A child discovers it when seeing a parent favor a sibling, or when he or she is chosen last … Continue reading The High Cost of Resentment
We have all seen The Ten Commandments where Charlton Heston smashes the stone tablets on the rock. Some would think, “Now THAT’S leadership!" Actually, the Bible says that “The man Moses was very meek, more than all the people who were on the face of the earth” (Num. 12:3). Evidently, Moses’ powerful leadership persona was fueled by … Continue reading These 6 Qualities Will Make You A Leadership Dynamo