Ah, I didn’t get a post written last week, but I didn’t forget, really. :)
I’ve now completed Desmond and Mpho Tutu’s “Forgiveness Challenge,” walking through various aspects of forgiveness and practices to help cultivate a mindset of forgiveness and giving grace. And if you’re wondering what some of my big take-aways from this project have been, wonder no more:
- I was forcefully reminded that forgiveness is a mindset, not just an action performed in certain moments. If I choose to meditate on the cross, and way in which I’ve been forgiven by God, I hope that I too will be more purposeful in living a grace-filled, grace-giving lifestyle. I pray that someday those who know me will see in me a forgiving person.
- I always have the choice of forgiving when I’m hurt; that doesn’t mean ignoring what the other person did, or downplaying the offense. It means choosing to let go of that hurt, and not allow it to define me. It’s an old, but nonetheless true, saying that I can choose how I respond to a situation. I’m responsible for how I choose to react.
- On a larger level, I’ve found that taking a long time to think through a particular topic, and do exercises relating to it, is definitely helpful. I think these lessons will stick with me.
Have I conquered my desire to hold onto hurts? No. That will be a life-long journey, I’m sure, but I’ve taken a small step in the right direction. This challenge has been yet another reminder of the importance of fixing my thoughts on the cross of Christ. Next? Well, if you’d got any recommendation on books or courses/challenges on dealing with worry, let me know!