Have you ever found a new recipe and just knew that your family was going to love it? I did. It was a recipe for homemade chili to use on hot dogs.
However, my husband didn’t think it was such a great recipe. After eating about half of his chili dog, he turned to me and said, “This tastes like crap.”
Now, you have to know my husband. He tells you exactly what he thinks.
If you want to hear an honest opinion about something, he is the guy to ask. This is a great quality, and one that I wish I had more of. However, his delivery on this particular day wasn’t very heart warming!
After he told me what he thought about my new recipe, I started to sulk. “What!? I just spent 45 minutes putting this meal together, Buddy! How dare you.”
After a few minutes, my husband said to me, “I’m sorry for how I said it. Please forgive me. You know you love me. (wink, wink) Just be happy.”
I had a choice to make.
I could keep wallowing in my self-pity and be miserable, or I could accept his apology, eat another chili dog, and be happy!
Thankfully I chose the later. In my opinion those chili dogs were pretty tasty!
“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”
I wish I could say that I have always chosen to forgive my offenders so quickly. But the truth is that because of my selfishness and pride, I often want to sulk a little longer and let my offender know how much they hurt me.
When we choose to hold on to our hurt, the only thing we are doing is robbing ourselves of joy and a better relationship with the other person. The older I get the more I realize how important choosing forgiveness is.
The next time someone asks for your forgiveness, give it quickly, eat another chili dog, and be happy! 🙂
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and
slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
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