HOW HEAVY IS YOUR BAG?
One of my teachers had each one of us bring a clear plastic bag and a
sack of potatoes. For every person we’d refuse to forgive in our life,
we were told to choose a potato, write on it the name and date, and put
it in the plastic bag. Some of our bags, as you can imagine, were quite
We were then told to carry this bag with us everywhere for one week,
putting it beside our bed at night, on the car seat when driving, next
to our desk at work.
The hassle of lugging this around with us made it clear what a weight we
were carrying spiritually, and how we had to pay attention to it all the
time to not forget, and keep leaving it in embarrassing places.
Naturally, the condition of the potatoes deteriorated to a nasty slime.
This was a great metaphor for the price we pay for keeping our pain and
Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person, and
while that’s true, it clearly is also a gift for ourselves!
So the next time you decide you can’t forgive someone, ask yourself…
Isn’t MY bag heavy enough?
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive
him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. – Mark
— Author Unknown