1992 was a historical date in NCAA history. Duke and Michigan had both had incredible runs to get to the Final 4. Both of them seemed unstoppable, and as they moved into the final game against one another, there was a sense of anticipation that was electric. I know. I was there.
I did not know it at the time, but that game would be one of the most talked about NCAA games ever, and I got to witness it firsthand. If you have never been to an event like that, do yourself a favor and go. I am not a huge college basketball fan and don’t follow any particular team, but I know when they get to the Final 4, those games are worth watching.
In 1992, Christian Laettner and Bobby Hurley lead the Blue Devils against Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, and the rest of the Fab 5 from Michigan. Michigan had the odds going in. They were picked by all the odds makers to go all the way, but destiny has a funny way of throwing a curve. That night, the dreams of the Michigan Wolverine fans were dashed by Laettner and Hurley and the rest of the Duke Blue Devils.
Fast forward to 2014. I had the opportunity to go to the final game of the Final 4 in Dallas. Kentucky was playing UCONN. Unfortunately for Kentucky, UCONN came prepared to play. Kentucky had given everything they had to win the game against Wisconsin on Saturday, and they simply were not running on all cylinders.
But this is not about that game. This is about a guy that was walking through the Stadium with a T shirt that read: “I am still mad, Laettner!” I had to laugh at that, but you know the sad truth is there are a lot of people who carry unforgiveness around for years and years. They hold onto their anger…getting comfort in it. Somehow they feel justified in not forgiving someone.
The truth is all of us need forgiveness. There was only one man who has walked this earth that was perfect, and it wasn’t you or me. I might be close to perfection in my mind :o), but trust me when I tell you, I need forgiveness.
The Bible says that God forgives us as we forgive others. Ouch. If that is true, then how can we justify unforgivness? How can we feel good about holding on to anger to the point of becoming bitter? We either become bitter, or better. I don’t know about you, but I want and need God’s forgiveness. Regardless of what someone has done to you, let it go. To the guy I saw at the Final 4. “Let it go!”
It has been said that not forgiving someone is like drinking poison and hoping the other person dies. That does not make much sense, does it? Let it go. Luke 6:37 says, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.” If you expect to have any peace in this life or the next, let it go.