Then the monks continued on their way. But the other monk, after an hour, started complaining: “Surely it is not right to touch a woman; it is against the commandments to have close contact with women. How could you go against the rules of monks?”
The monk who carried the young lady walked along silently, but finally he remarked, “I set her down by the river an hour ago, why are you still carrying her?"
Much wisdom is to be found in Irmgard Schloegel’s simple parable. Too often our lives become encumbered because of past hurts and offenses, personal failures, or perhaps even missed opportunities. The result? Often, such life experiences result in broken or impaired relationships, anger, and lots of wasted energy. For whatever reason(s), it’s sometimes easier to hold on to the past rather than live in the present and future. But we need to reframe and remember that the past is just that – the past! And sometimes we just need to leave some things on the riverbank so that we can say “yes” to life. Our apostle friend said it much more eloquently when he said, “anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.”
So what is the “extra weight” you need to leave on the riverbank?
Selah (stop and think about it).
Glad to be your (transitional) pastor,