Corner #1 – Flipping the Tables & Letting it Go
This is a place where:
We learn to be honest with Jesus. We let go of any of our feelings of anger, pain, misunderstanding, etc. by not holding back anything before Him.
We gain the understanding that people are loving us with the best way that they know how to love.
This is the place where Jesus so powerfully helps us have compassion for ones who have hurt us by helping us understand their pain.
Flipping the Table by Bob Hartley
THE BANQUETING TABLE – ONE SIDE “FOODS OF HOPE”
“The first thing I saw as I entered the room was a large banqueting table that was filled with food. Forgotten memories of family love and joyful celebrations flooded in with a warmth and longing. Jesus grabbed my hand and led me closer where I saw the faces of people throughout my life who had fed me on hope, encouragement and love”
THE PEOPLE WHO HAD BELIEVED IN ME – BROUGHT COLORS TO MY WORLD
“My heart swelled at how much they had believed in me and how they had helped me along my journey of life to become the best parts of myself. These were the ones who had brought colors and flavors to my world; the ones that God had used to teach me different lessons and bring comfort and encouragement to my spirit.”
THE OTHER SIDE – FOODS OF DESPAIR AND HOPELESSNESS – FLIPPED THE TABLE
“Then I looked at the other side of the table and it was all the ones who had fed me on despair and hopelessness. Immediately I was filled with rage and I went over and flipped the table so high in the air. I think this is interesting because this didn’t just impact the ones who had fed you on despair, but also the ones who had fed you on hope… the significance of having both types of people on the different sides of the table. I didn’t realize how much it had hurt the ones that were on the other side of the table. If we focus only on the negative experiences, it can steal the hopeful ones as well.”
Jesus laughed playfully and said:
“Wow, that was strong, you needed to get that out of your system , didn’t you? That felt good, right”?
It can be hard to forgive when you’ve been unappreciated, mistreated and misunderstood… I experienced all of that as well.
“What you need to understand is that people love you the best they know how , and most just don’t have the tools to know any better. It isn’t that you were not at fault at times, or that you didn’t react wrongly or pick up the wrong attitude, but just as I can forgive them, I can forgive you. The best thing to do from this point is to move on joyfully and learn from the past foods that either fed you or killed you.”