Sent by a friend from Uganda. Original author unknown.
A teacher asked her students to bring some tomatoes in a plastic bag to school. Each
tomato would be given a name of the person whom that child hated. Like this, the number of tomatoes would be equal to the number of persons they hated.
On a decided day, the children brought their tomatoes well addressed. Some had two, others had three and some had five. Some even had 20 tomatoes in accordance with the number they hated. Thus if a student hated 5 people, he would bring 5 tomatoes. The teacher told them they would have to carry the tomatoes with them wherever they went for 2 weeks.
As days passed the children started to complain about the spoiled tomatoes and bad smell. Students who many tomatoes had complained it was very heavy to carry and the smell was too much.
After 1 week, the teacher asked the students, "How did you feel this one week?" The Children complained of smell & heavy weight of the tomatoes especially those who carried more tomatoes. The teacher said, "This is very similar to what you carry in heart when you don't like some people. Hatred makes heart unhealthy and you carry that hatred everywhere. If you can't bear the smell of spoiled tomatoes for a week, imagine the impact on your heart that you carry throughout life."
The Heart is a beautiful garden that needs regular cleaning of unwanted weeds. Forgive those who have angered you. This makes room for storing good things. Get better not bitter. May the good Lord strengthen us so that we can forgive those who wrong us and take away every hatred we have in our heart. Let's ask ourselves how many tomatoes would be rotting in our bags today if we were those children?