9-1-1 Dispatcher: "9-1-1, what's your emergency?"
You: "There is a hostage situation, please help!"
9-1-1 Dispatcher: "Okay, remain on the line and I will walk you through this."
9-1-1 Dispatcher: "Who is being held hostage?"
You: "Me and a whole bunch of folk."
9-1-1 Dispatcher: "Do you know the one who is holding you and the others hostage?"
You: "Yes, all too well. Sir, can you send help now...Everyone including me are being held hostage!"
Life comes with many experiences and through them all we become connected to so many things and so many people. Whether those things or people stay is ultimately up to you. A lot of what happens to us is not in any of our control. We are never in the wrong place, what happens is not out of place, we are not out of place, but oftentimes our disposition or perspective is out of place.
So what's up with the hostage situation?... Let’s take a look at the hostage…
A hostage is a person given or held as security for the fulfillment of certain conditions, terms, promises, etc., by another. A hostage is one that serves as security against an implied threat, or one that is manipulated by the demands of another…Moving on to being held…when something is being held you are holding it forcibly and restraining its freedom.
In essence, for so long we hold ourselves and others hostage when we keep them or what they have done hanging over our heads or over them. When we do not forgive them and let them go, we hold ourselves and them hostage. When you hold someone hostage you make them responsible for the thing that has you in disarray. You put all creditability in them as to why you are the way you are, why you have or don’t have what you have, etc. Innocent bystanders are hurt and traumatized in the process because we choose to hold hostage the one we deem responsible for our current state. Our lives become in danger just as the ones we are holding captive. We rant & rave ( “go off” as we call it), make demands, and use all our strength to make sure the ones we are holding captive feels what we feel. At the very moment of the “9-1-1” emergency we too have become a hostage like the one we are holding. Although physically free from the hold of your “enemy”, you are bound and held hostage in your emotions, thoughts (mindsets), traditions (what you are used to), pressure of others (friends who say, “get ‘em back!”), fear, resentment, bitterness, doubt, etc. Case in point: Don’t hold others hostage for ANYTHING!!! You place yourself in as much danger as you do them when you fail to release them!!! RELEASE and let them GO! All the while Moses was under Pharaoh, had he kept his captivator in mind to bind him once he was free, it would not have benefited him or the other bystanders left in Egypt. Although Moses had a right to let those around him including Pharaoh know who he was, he remained a man with limitations until it was time to declare freedom for himself, others, and the one who was holding him hostage. Have the attitude of “so what” and free yourself and them!!! What about what they did? What about what they said? What about them wasting my time? What about them not paying me back? What about them taking from me what was mine? What about them…What about? .... SO WHAT!!! Release them and let YOURSELVES go! Realize the dispatcher of your heart is Jesus Christ himself who wants to set you and all you have in captive…FREE! HE is there to help! It hurts, but it is necessary for your healing and theirs!