People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on.
― Bill Cosby
Good morning friends! I know, I know, it's not Monday; it's Sunday. But I'm going to be out of town tomorrow and I still wanted to encourage you, so today it is!
The truth of forgiveness is a well-worn road, but experience tells us it's not a well-learned lesson. Cosby offers us a powerful lesson. You may remember that Cosby's son, Ennis, was killed while being robbed in 1997. The murderer was unrepentant and angry, yet even so Cosby spoke powerfully to save his life, expressing a forgiveness uncommon in our world. Most of us will never experience a slight like Cosby's experience with his son, nor will we commit such a slight, but we will all be confronted with opportunities of forgiveness every day. Have you ever known a relationship to get better when forgiveness was withheld or denied? Have you ever known a relationship to suffer when forgiveness was offered and accepted? We know this forgiveness stuff works and yet here we are, withholding forgiveness, denying it, failing to offer it to others or to ourselves. What messes we are! We all look for the magic pill that will make us lose weight, get healthy, become rich, etc. even though we know it doesn't exist. Forgiveness is no magic pill; it is the path to peace and contentment. Forgive others for any and all slights and be healed. Ask forgiveness, and whether you receive it or not, be healed. And more than anything, forgive yourself for any and all slights, and be healed. Your relationship with other persons will improve if they value forgiveness, and your peace within yourself will improve when you value forgiveness. What will it take for you to value forgiveness? Whatever it is, do it, and be healed. I have faith in your healing journey of forgiveness. Enjoy it! And have a great week.