For the past 11 years when the end of August comes rolling around, I remember. Memories flood over me like the waters of Hurricane Katrina. My family evacuated our home in New Orleans 12 years ago this week. A home, in which we had lived for only three weeks. I had complained about having too much stuff! I wasn't complaining as we hurriedly stuffed a few items in bags. Grabbed our Oscar Meyer wienie dog, crammed the four us in our van and headed out in the opposite direction than everyone else. Yes, that would be my clan. The family that forges their own path. Arriving in Panama City Beach, we would make this our home for a month after the hurricane.
I remember living as if I were dreaming every day. I kept thinking I would wake up, but every day the dream continued. Suddenly, the many important things in life were...
Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:13-14
"I'm sorry!" Words are spoken in frustration not because the person wanted forgiveness but because she wanted the conflict quickly resolved. She desired to brush what was stirred up "under the rug" and move forward without any true accountability for words spoken, no remorse for actions taken, no true reconciliation or mending. The problem with not cleaning up what's stirred up is that it's still under the surface. Stirred up and lying in wait to trip us up through mistrust, unforgiveness, pride, harshness, gossip, slander, hard-heartedness, rebellion and selfishness. The result:
None of us is exempt from relational conflict. It's part of life. If you have two people in a relationship, there is bound...