'That's how life is: we say the things we shouldn't have said and don't say the things we should have said' my wife commented recently as we drove across Kansas. We were talking about my mother and a recent conversation I had had in one of my daily calls to check on her. Why is […]

'That's how life is: we say the things we shouldn't have said and don't say the things we should have said' my wife commented recently as we drove across Kansas. We were talking about my mother and a recent conversation I had had in one of my daily calls to check on her.
Why is this so? It seems like that's living life backwards. We have the best intentions to do and say otherwise, and then we get out of bed and begin the day. The daily stressors of work, lack of sleep, and cram-packed schedules (or add whatever your particular challenge is here) come along, and we falter. We say or do something that wasn't for the betterment of another. We don't do or say something that would have been uplifting to a spouse, friend, or fellow being.
The beautiful thing is that it doesn't have to stop there. We don't have to wear a rut ever deeper in the trail, making it more and more difficult to climb out and head in a different direction. As Living Color, a rock band, proclaimed back in the late 1980s: 'It's never too late to change your ways.'
That's where forgiveness comes into the picture. We can ask forgiveness for an unkind comment. We can say or do that which will have a positive impact upon another. It's always good to bring a little more light into the world. Particularly when it comes to our spouses, our children, our parents, and our siblings, practicing the principle of forgiveness is essential. If we do so, the end result will likely be happier homes, better relationships, and lower divorce rates.
That's the good news of Easter. We are not condemned when we fall short. The price has already been paid. All we have to do is ask for forgiveness and then try to do a little better today, and the next, and so on.
If we woke up today, then it's not yet too late.