Saturday I sat at a table at Burger King, sipping on my BK Mocha Joe, listening. I was there with a good friend. He talked and I listened. He told me several stories about his father and how his father was not always the kindest man.
As he celebrated his eighteenth birthday his father told him to get out. He told me about the many promises broken and money stolen. His father was not the kindest man.
I sat and I listened and I watched. The rage that should have covered my friends face was not there. In fact, he was telling these stories with a smile on his face. Listening to these stories was like biting an apple and tasting a pepper. It was not adding up in my senses.
He choose to forgive his father. The example after example of how he was treated by his father could have crippled him. Instead, he made the tough decision to forgive. There were incidents in his life where he could have walked away from his father and he would have been justified and celebrated by some. Instead, he made the choice and it changed his life and his father’s life in a powerful way.
When faced with a similar situation, what choice did you make? In the comment section below tell how you handled it and why.