A memorable conversation from the movie Black Hawk Down …
Colonel: Get into that truck and drive.
Sergeant: But I’m shot, Colonel.
Colonel: Everybody’s shot, get in and drive.
Pastor JP used this snippet from the movie to illustrate the end of this morning’s sermon. He paraphrased the final line. I like his version best, “Shut up, get in the truck, and drive.”
The message was about forgiveness, one of Solid Rock’s four core values. The other three include give, serve, and respect. These values keep our church safe, healthy, and growing because we as members practice them.
This means we forgive – we pardon people who wounded us, abused us, and abandoned us. Whatever name we give their offense, it’s been done to all of us. We’ve all been hurt. We’ve all been shot.
There’s someone in each of our lives that could have ruined us if we refused to forgive him or her. That’s the only way they can devastate us, by our decision to hold onto an offense, which means we’re really the ones ruining our own lives.
So what are we going to do about it?
Shut up. Don’t repeat my sad story again and again. Don’t rally people to feel sorry for me. Don’t try to outdo other victims. If I do, I end up a casualty instead of a conqueror. Romans 8:37 in the Bible said, “We’re more than conquerors (through Him, of course).”
Get in the truck. Get somewhere safe, a place where the hurt can begin to heal. Get involved in a church that teaches and practices forgiveness. Get into the Bible.
Drive. Step on the gas pedal and go. Get out of my sad story and into serving someone else.
Two helpful books about forgiveness are The Bait of Satan by John Bevere and Forgiving What You Can’t Forget by Lysa TerKeurst.
Are you driving yet?
In This Together,