Learning To Forgive

I’m generally not one to hold grudges; really I’m not. There are only a few instances in my life where I’ve held a grudge for a long time…and most of them have involved Steve Spurrier. I’ve often joked that I only stay angry at someone for two hours, but in reality I can let go of something after a day or two. One of my prayers for myself for 2009 is to forgive more instantly.

I just realized that I’ve typed an odd phrase…”more instantly,” but I simply can’t think of another way to describe it. I don’t just want to say “more quickly.” It seems like it’s practically impossible to forgive instantly, but I hope to be able to let things go sooner than I do. I don’t want to hold on to something for a few hours…or even a few minutes. I don’t want to suffer the effects of unforgiveness at all…not even for a short period of time. I want to forgive and do it quickly; whether somebody hurts my pride, insults my intelligence, or cuts me off in traffic, I want to be able to forgive and let it go right then and there.

Will I ever get to that point? The human side of me says probably not soon and maybe never, but with God all things are possible. We’ll see…