Forgiveness and Appreciation

A friend of mine emailed this to me, and I thought it had such a good message!
Two friends were walking through the desert.

During some point of the journey, they had and arguement, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.

The one that got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand:

Today my best friend slapped me in the face.

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath.

The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him.
After recovering from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone:

Today my best friend saved my life.

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend, asked him:

"After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand, and now you write on a stone, why?"

The friend replied:

"When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it."

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in stone.

I know there's been certain situations where I've been very slow to forgive, and I know that it's a sin to hold a grudge. There have also been times when I haven't given credit where credit is due, for good deeds that have people have shown me. So, for me, this was a simple, yet effective reminder.


Jason said...

Thats so very true babe, i like the post and your new theme you have. Very pretty keep up the great work.
love you alswys your, hubby

TO BECOME said...

That was so great!! I am going to try to remember that. If we all acted that way, wouldn't it be a better world. Thank you, connie from Texas

Tracy said...

I've been reading all about your family over at your mama's place. We are praying for you, and the safe return of Jason. We are thankful that he is willing to serve our country so that we may continue to enjoy the freedoms that we have.

Good post! Very true.

Candy said...

I loved that too! Im not one for holding grudges though (because Im so forgettful LOL--so its good that I have such a bad memory) but yeah, truly...this was an important and good post. Thanks for sharing it.
Big hugs,
p.s.. I love when Jason comments on your blog, so I know he's ok :) Still prayin for you Jason! Thanks for all you do. And may God always bless you and protect you.

Trella said...

Beautiful! I will have to try and remember this post when I am holding on to thoughts about people that I shouldn't.

Kelli said...

That was wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing it!