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Monday, March 29, 2010

Forgiveness

One of the biggest lessons I've learned since having kids is the concept of forgiveness. It amazes me how quickly little kids forgive and forget. If I bump into K and knock him over accidentally, the first thing he wants is a hug from me. I'm the one who caused his pain or discomfort and he still loves me and trusts me to make it better.

It makes such a difference in my life when I'm able to follow my children's example and forgive as quickly as they do.

All I can say is please don't let silly things like politics ruin your friendships. A woman who was like a second mother to me growing up has estranged herself completely from my family because of politics. She and my mom were best friends for over 20 years and she destroyed that friendship because of politics. It breaks my heart to know that one of the people I thought would always love me can't stand the sight of my family because of the hatred festering inside her.

It's not worth it to foster such anger and hate. I'm so grateful for my kids, and for their ability to teach me such a crucial life lesson!

5 comments:

  1. politics, especially as of recent, scare me because of how it has brought out hatred in people. It surely is not as black and white as some radio personalities and talk show hosts (and politicians) would have us think. Thanks for your perspective

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  2. Oh you are so right! Even at the ages of 8 and 11 my girls get over their wee squabbles with each other in mere moments. Us "grown ups" could really learn from them:)

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  3. I agree with you completely. Unforgiveness for any reason just festers into hate. How sad for the woman that has shut your family out of her life. Just think what she is missing!

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  4. Oh, that is sooo true! I heard a quote that said something like "Unforgiveness only hurts the one harboring it." I held onto unforgiveness to someone for 13 years and it almost ruined my marriage(didn't even have anything to do with my husband) nearly destroyed my heart. Thankful God knew the right timing for me and pulled me out of my pigpen.

    Great post! Sorry your family friend is holding onto unforgiveness!

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  5. I think the best thing for both parties would be to bury the hatchet; politics aren't worth destroying friendships.

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