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(We All Need) Forgiveness.

Mat Kearney \”Down\”^^^ Click this to listen and read the lyrics as this powerful song plays on YouTube.

I’ve been hearing Mat Kearney’s song “Down” play on the radio and feel inspired to write about what is hard for us to do, forgive. (Before you jump to conclusions on what I’ll be talking about–think again.) Forgiveness has power to heal, transform, and improve our self-esteem to just name a few benefits it can do. Sure it’s scary but let’s try to forgive ourselves to become a better, more healthier you.

  • Forgive yourself for falling short where you have failed and try again.
  • Forgive yourself for getting swept away from the desires of your heart when you started following a different standard (other than what you had for yourself).
  • Forgive yourself for losing sight of what’s truly important in your life and making the little things “big”.
  • Forgive yourself and stop with any regrets you may have for your past. Your past is well, … behind you and there’s always a chance to make a better tomorrow.
  • Forgive yourself if you started becoming dependent on substances or vices that aren’t healthy. Put them aside for good and find connections with people and not things to help you.
  • Forgive yourself not trying harder. Take it as a lesson and do what you can next time.
  • Forgive yourself for not reaching out for help when you know you needed it. Sometimes people don’t sense you are in need of help until you act on it.
  • Forgive yourself if you have lost your job. Try not to be bitter and take this opportunity to evaluate what it is that you really want to do.
  • Forgive yourself for gaining weight. You are only human. Allow yourself some slack.
  • Forgive yourself and treat yourself to a reward only you can enjoy…shopping spree or extra dessert. They keyword here is “moderation”.
  • Forgive yourself for neglecting your faith. Stay still and listen … … that small, still voice has never left you.
  • Forgive yourself for not knowing what you want to do after you graduate. Life after college doesn’t come with a “How-To” guide, so learn from others and do what you can one day at a time.
  • Forgive yourself for putting so much pressure on yourself. Relax, take a deep breathe, and it’ll all work out in the end.
  • Forgive yourself feeling guilty. Guilt is like corrosion that does nothing but try to destroy a little of your spirit each day until you forgive and let go of it.
  • Forgive yourself for not loving yourself before loving another.
  • Forgive yourself for picking up an extra shift at work to take care of yourself (and/or  others). Don’t make it a permanent thing.
  • Forgive yourself if you made a mistake. There’s a reason it happened, whether it’s good or bad because it has made you see things differently.
  • Forgive yourself if you have been abused. You are beautiful and someone ugly robbed you of something precious. You can find healing by forgiving yourself.
  • Forgive yourself if you are in pain. Pain is what tells us we are still alive another day. Keep fighting!
  • Forgive yourself if you broke a promise. Stop beating yourself up over it and make it a point to tell and show yourself or the other person you won’t do it again.
  • Forgive yourself for not stopping on the side of the road to help someone. Say a pray for God’s will and he’ll either send the right person or you next time.
  • Forgive yourself for leaving. Time doesn’t heal wounds as they say it does, but in time you will be on a different path.