I have the incredible privilege of introducing my first guest post to my blog written by one of my favorite people on the planet. Gloria Morales is an Associate Pastor at Living Word Church. Together, her and her husband, Johnny own holyCUPCAKE!, a cupcake delivery business in San Antonio, Texas, where they reside with their two children.
“It is time.” Rafiki quote. Yes, the creepy little monkey from The Lion King. Rafiki is my favorite. I love the part when he says, “it is time.” I know you just said it in your best Rafiki voice. I know I did. Actually, anytime those words come out of my mouth I say it in my best Rafiki voice. This part of the movie is so exciting! It is time for Simba to return. It is time for Simba to stop running from his past. It is time for Simba to be bold and roar…like a lion.
Rafiki also said, “Ah yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.”
Think about this for a minute, I bet you’ve been hurt by a family member more often than by a stranger or friend. Why is that? There’s a saying: “You always hurt the one you love.” Really? Why? I’ve been hurt by family before. I’ve cried and cussed. I’ve pondered and prayed. God listened. Did he move on that person? Not always. He moved on me. I forgave. I continue to love. I continue to pray. This is in no way easy for me. But I decided that it is time. The word of God says we are to be loving, forgiving, kind, joyous, peaceful, tolerant, gentle, faithful, able to control our actions and our words (ref. Gal.5:22-23). That’s a lot of fruit! You can’t fit all that into one of those little brown paper bags I use for my son’s school lunch. This is like one of those giant fruit baskets you get for Christmas! Ah, Christmas.
As our heart aches, we should pray. God will listen and He will move; although, it isn’t always in the way we want Him to move. We think, God just fix that person, move on their heart and make that person say I’m sorry to me for hurting me and making me cry and cuss. Jesus is like – WHAT! If that’s the kind of thing you say in prayer time during your heartache then it is time to examine YOUR heart. I did. It is time to be more obedient to what the word of God says about the fruit of the Spirit.
I love the Message Bible version of Galatians 5:25-26 – Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.
Powerful! Are you carrying hurt and heartache? How long has it been? Have you forgiven that person? It is time. I’d ask you to pray that Jesus give you direction as to whether or not to speak to this person about the situation or to simply forgive them in your heart and mind in your quiet time with the Lord. We are to be peaceful people full of love and full of joy. Be kind. Be gentle. Be faithful. Be an influence to those who are in your circle of life.
It most definitely is time.
Both Jonathan Hernandez and Gloria Morales are on the leadership team at Living Word Church in San Antonio, Texas. The views expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views expressed at Living Word Church.