It takes strength to forgive and forgiveness becomes strength “ – Stacey Odgers 

 

To Transform we need to forgive. 

We are all beautiful roses (or pick your favorite flower). I prefer red roses. But weeds have strangled and stunted the growth of our lovely garden. These weeds have negatively impacted us in all areas of our life. And maybe there are a few roots that are growing thistle in your garden among the flowers budded there, and the thistle of anger or hatred strangles the buds and they never survive. To transform we need to forgive. Forgive the pain and grow.

Please take a moment to visualize yourself as a budding flower and those ugly thistle leaves strangling you. The thistle is rooted so deep that this evil seems to have the power to kill the flower. But that evil can only choke that flower’s growth if it is not uprooted as soon as it rears its ugly head. If that first thistle leaf is halted and weeded out, the rose can then blossom into a magnificent wonder.

Picture yourself as the rose. When you see that evil weed has touched you in the forms of betrayal, pain, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, or with any horrible hurt that touches us in life, attack those weeds. If we do not, then good will not prevail and ugliness will win. So as you live as a rose in your garden bed, be vigilant for the first sign of thistle and root it out. Do not let this foe overcome your unique beauty. The world needs your fragrance.