I often tell people, “Continue to have a lovely day, and if you aren’t having one you may begin. After all this is the best Monday (or whatever day of the week it happens to be) you will have all week.”
That being said sometimes we may wonder why our prayers aren’t being answered. Other times we may wonder why a relationship just isn’t what it used to be. Still other times we may wonder why our attitude hedges on becoming bitter.
Well, more than likely there is a common cause for all of the above _ a lack of forgiveness on our part. Even when we may think we have forgiven we may still be holding on to bits and pieces of an offense and it just keeps eating away at us which affects just how “best” our day will be.
This morning I received a weekly email from Steve May that addresses the issue. I found it both enlightening and helpful and so I decided to pass it on.
“Forgive and Forget. We know that these two words belong together. To forgive is just a matter of choice. To forget is often a matter of several choices, because it might be necessary to “forget” more than once.
“Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, was confronted one day with the memory of a betrayal she had experienced years before, but she acted as if she had never heard of the incident. A friend asked her, “Don’t you remember what that person did?” “No,” Clara Barton said. “I distinctly remember forgetting it.”
“It may be that today you need to make the intentional choice (more than once) to remember to forget an offense that has come your way … just as God has chosen to forget our own offenses.
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” (Isaiah 43:25)”
I hope his article is as beneficial for you as it has been for me. It reminds me that forgiving and forgetting make answered prayer, great relationships, and a good attitude a whole lot easier. And those are a huge part of the process for having a “best” day.