I am not much into keeping up with the ongoings around the world, but I do watch CNN in the mornings while I run on the treadmill. I know, CNN isn’t a ‘favorite’ among many, but I like it because I can read the tickers across the bottom of the screen, watch the commentary and video coverage AND listen to music (with earbuds) while I run. Yea, ok, maybe I like to multi-task.
One of the stories this week has been the sentencing of ex-Rutgers student Dharun Ravi in connection with the webcam spy video that led to the suicide of Tyler Clementi.
Obviously, this is an emotionally-charged topic, and I’m not interested in debating the case or the sentencing. I pray ALL parties involved are able to find resolution and peace and can move on with their lives.
My focus as I watched the coverage was the face of Dharun Ravi. Though he may be the one that has breath in him and what most would call ‘living,’ I saw in his face that he was ‘living’ in “hell.” To me, he looked internally tormented. I know his mom would agree with that statement, though sadly many have perceived him as lacking remorse.
To me, the sentence that he is placing on HIMSELF is far more harsh than the one the judge gave him. (I realize many might disagree, and that’s ok. We all have a right to our own opinion and perceptions, right?)
The point I am getting at is that we all have something that we give ourselves a ‘life sentence’ for. Something that we refuse to forgive ourselves for. Something that we constantly beat ourselves up over.
There is nothing wrong with a little remorse, but there comes a point when we have to let it go. What is the point of holding on anyway? We are just harming ourselves.
And, though his official sentence as of right now might be 30 days in prison, he has already lived in ‘hell’ for two years (since Clementi’s death), and I doubt he walk out of prison feeling like a “free man.”
What are you holding yourself prisoner over? What can you not ‘let go?’ How can you release your guilt and move on?
As Christians, we are called to EMBRACE the forgiveness extended to us by Christ. By refusing to embrace that forgiveness, we are denying His purpose, His plan for salvation for each of us.
LET IT GO!!
The sentence God intended for ALL is one of Life!
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 [KJV])