Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Coming Clean

Recently I found out that an acquaintance of mine is still a bit miffed about a practical joke that I played a part in a few years ago. Someone else suggested that I consider apologizing to this person. Now, normally I am very sensitive to the Spirit's conviction in me when I hurt someone. However, in this case, I had honestly not thought about the situation in a very long time, and never felt the need to apologize.

Now that the suggestion's been made, however, it's been rolling around in my head and gathering steam. I could (and have) made many excuses justifying my lack of apology: this person is too sensitive, they should have gotten over it a long time ago, it was just a joke, it wasn't that big a deal, they need to move on with their life and stop living in the past, etc. And granted, I think I could make a strong case and many people would probably agree with me.

But--OBVIOUSLY it's a big deal to this person if it still bothers them all this time later. Maybe an apology from me is needed to further their healing from this situation. I don't know. But the more I think about it, the more convicted I feel to swallow my pride and apologize. I'm not looking forward to it. But confession is good for the soul, right?

1 comment:

DJG said...

yep...

I made an overture to someone I said I would not ask again to do something after they turned me down...it felt good.