We are continuing our 30 Days of Gratitude! If you missed the scoop about why we’re celebrating, be sure to check out Episode One. Yesterday, we talked about how to be grateful even when you don’t really understand why you’re even here. Today, we’re going to be discussing Day Six’s Topic: They Didn’t Even Apologize.
LISTEN!!!! Y’all. I could really go in on this one. Like, for real. Isn’t amazing how people will do you wrong and KNOW they did you wrong and still not apologize? I mean they will natural born go right on with their life like they didn’t mistreat you at all. It’s crazy. But I want to ask you something. Just out of curiosity. Have you ever in your life done something to someone and not apologized for it? Think about it. While you’re thinking, I’m gonna give you these three things to be grateful for.
Number One: Be grateful that your forgiveness isn’t predicated upon their apology. Seriously. You aren’t accountable for their apology. You’re only accountable for your forgiveness. Now THAT is a TWEET!!! You have the opportunity to free yourself and forgive whether they apologize or not.
Number Two: Be grateful that your ability and opportunity to move on are not predicated on their apology. The bridge to the other side is open. Their apology doesn’t open the door to the other side and their lack of apology doesn’t close it. You are ALWAYS free to move on. That’s a tweet, too. You are ALWAYS free to move on!!!
Number Three: Be grateful that you got through it. It hurt. It disappointed you. It made you mad. It wasn’t right. It wasn’t fair. They knew better. You didn’t deserve it. You didn’t retaliate. You did the right thing. It appears that they moved on without a second thought. All of that may be true – but do you know what’s also true? You got through it. And the truth about you should ALWAYS outweigh the truth about them. Now you know that’s a tweet! Seriously, though. What’s true about you should always weigh more in your mind than what’s true about others. Why? Because as a man thinketh in HIS HEART, so is HE (Proverbs 23:7). That has nothing to do with anybody else. YOU got through it… and YOU are okay.
You’re okay! Walk in that. Believe it. Forgive and keep it moving. If you need to forgive yourself, do that! Whoever, whatever… Forgive. Yesterday, I gave you a song called “Journal” by Casey J. I’m gonna give you a song today, too. “I Forgive Me” by James Fortune. One part of the song says, “I’m letting it go. You won’t steal my future anymore.” Unforgiveness steals your future. Pondering on what others have done and the fact that they didn’t apologize steals your future. Don’t allow it. Don’t allow the actions of others to take up any more of your time. You have a life to live. A joyful, abundance, awesome and amazing life. And that’s something you don’t have to apologize for. Ever.