A teacher asked her students to bring some tomatoes in a plastic bag to school. Each tomato was to be given a name of the person whom that student hated.
This way, the number of tomatoes would be equal to the number of persons each student hated.
On the decided day, the children brought their tomatoes well addressed. Some had two, some had three and some had five, some even had 20 tomatoes in accordance with the number of people each student hated or detested.
The teacher told them they were to carry the tomatoes with them everywhere they went for the next 2 weeks.
As the days passed, the students started to complain about the spoiled and smelly tomatoes. Students who had many tomatoes complained it was very heavy to carry and the smell was too much.
After 1 week, the teacher asked the students “How did you feel this week?”
The Children complained of the smell & heavy weight of the tomatoes especially those who carried more tomatoes.
The teacher said, “This is very similar to what you carry in your heart when you don’t like some people. Hatred makes the heart unhealthy and you carry that hatred everywhere.
If you can’t bear the smell of spoiled tomatoes for a week, imagine the impact on your heart that you carry throughout your life !.”
The Heart is a beautiful garden that needs regular cleansing of unwanted weeds.
Forgive those who have angered you.
This makes room for storing good things..
Get better, not bitter
May the good Lord strengthen us so that we can forgive those who wronged us and take away every hatred we have in our hearts.
👉 As the year is coming to an end, forgive anyone who has offended you. Say sorry to those you’ve offended too and DO NOT carry your hurts and pain of others into the New Year.
Imagine how your heart will be.
Have a fresh start in the new year…… Compliments of the season.