John got mad at George and hit him in the face. Then George took a stick and wrote in the sand: My friend John hit me in the face.
Later, John got stuck in quicksand and was sinking fast. He told George to leave him behind, but George refused. After George rescued him, John wrote on a rock: My friend George saved my life.
Be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.
Ephesians 4:32 (CEV)
George asked, “Why did you write that on the rock?”
“Why did you write in the sand?” John replied.
“I wrote in the sand that you hit me in the face. But then the wind came and blew it all away. I have long since forgiven you for hitting me.”
Then John said, “I wrote on the rock that you saved my life today. No one will ever forget that because the words will always remain on the rock.”
What a great lesson! When we feel angry or bitter about the wrong that has been done to us, we can write it in the sand and let the wind sweep it away—forgive and move on. When good things happen to us, we can write them on our hearts so that we never forget—so that they inspire us to be our best.
KEEP A JOURNAL: Each day, write down the good things people have done for you or said to you. Read through these pages often so that you never forget the kindness of others.