I am very sad, today, to report to you all that my 1950's IBM School Bell (rang a perfect 'A' ) and the large tomato can were stolen by a true to life Coward. In one way, I can rest at night, assured, that these Yuppies were driven stark raving mad by my slingshot addiction. Well, I put three back in their place and flat out hammered it today. I also ordered a couple more fire bells, as well as some steel gongs. I will go to Lowes and get a half a dozen Sheppard's hooks and line the wood's edge with them.
Back to the Coward. Only one person came out and grumbled and mumbled when I very quickly replaced the targets and started shooting. A fox always smells it's own den, and criminals return to crime scenes. I think I heard 'Idiot'. In any event, 25 years ago I would have made him return them the way he found them. I am not that person anymore. But it made me study Forgiveness.
Forgiveness to a Christian, was taught to me to be unconditional, until I dived deeper in to it. Here is what I found:
3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
Modern people took the meat and potatoes out of it. Rebuke and Repent. NOT unconditional forgiveness.
In any event. at the end of the day his wife sleeps with a coward and a thief. I have to get back to practice now....