Over the past four years of my life, especially so during the past two, I've sought to live my days in peace and harmony. By nature, I suppose, I'm a pretty stubborn person and that sometimes leads to a lot of inner conflict. I also have a tendency to be a score-keeper (for me that means being a non-forgiver). Those two simple facts have contributed not only to some unhappiness, but they have also led to the making of some pretty unwise choices during my lifetime. Incredibly, I've been spared any true catastrophic consequence.
For this I'm very thankful.
Such imperfection has also kept me on my knees.
That's a good thing.
I believe God directs my every step, so when I stumbled upon some words relating to forgiveness this past week they immediately stopped me in my tracks. I read the passage once...and then again. I walked away for a few minutes and came back and read the words once more...
"There are simply no words that adequately describe the power of forgiveness. I will, however, offer you two words of advice: Do it! Until you are willing to forgive everyone for everything, you will be unable to express true and authentic gratitude for the grace and blessings of your life... There will be a seed of misery in your mind, heart and soul that will gnaw away at you, making even the brief moments of joy you experience difficult to hold on to...
To forgive someone you believe has hurt, harmed, or violated you is, in some way, no easy feat. However, doing so is a spiritual mandate for your healing, learning and growth... Forgiveness transforms the blame into a blessing, the hurt into healing."
Words said better than I could ever hope to say them~ Early this morning I asked God to allow them to travel from my head to my heart.
Peace and Harmony.
Love to you this beautiful Sunday...