Sunday, November 18, 2012

Quote of the Day:   “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.”  --  Maya Angelou

     Don't know if I've told you this before, but it bears repeating.  About two hundred years ago in Japan, two Buddhist monks were walking through the woods.  They heard the sound of woman weeping and came upon a beautifully dressed woman standing at the edge of a stream.  The older monk asked why she was weeping.  She explained that she was on her way to be married but could not cross the stream because it would damage her dress and if she appeared with a damaged dress, her groom would not marry her.  The older monk, without saying a word, just picked her up carried her across and put her down on the other side of the stream and then walked on leaving the woman to continue her journey.  After the two monks had walked together for two more hours, the younger monk confronted the older one.  "How could you touch that woman when we have vowed never to touch the opposite sex?" he demanded.  The older one just shook his head as he walked along and said in a low, calm voice, "Are you still carrying that woman?  I put her down on the other side of the stream."  
      Too many of us are still carrying things we should have put down long ago.  We become new creatures in Christ and must let the past be the past.  We cannot go forward if we have to drag our yesterdays along with us.  If you've got something that needs to be put down, let it go.  
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