Sunday, March 7, 2010

Words of Regret

Have you ever said something you regretted? I have. I talk to my children a lot about saying things they will regret when they are arguing or upset with each other. I have told them that you have to be careful because words hurt and you can’t take them back. Once they are said, they are out there to churn inside someone’s heart over and over again.

So it pains me, that I make the same mistake I warn them against. I try so hard to devote myself to encouraging others and building them up. I hate that something I may have said (whether or not it was in a moment of frustration) would hurt or wound someone else. I hate that and it saddens my heart. It’s the last thing I’d ever want.

I hope that just as my children learn from painful mistakes, that I too, can learn from them. I hope that somehow – over time – someone I’ve hurt will be able to see my true heart and know that I messed up…. Just as we all do from time to time.

The older I get, the more I’m learning how important it is to offer one another grace, mercy, and compassion. I know that I’ve needed my fair share of those offered to me, so I should be able to dole them out just as readily. Forgiveness is something that all of us need to learn to embrace more often.

I can protect my family and I can stand up for what is right. But I can do it with class and integrity. I desire that for my own life and for my children’s lives as well.

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