Yesterday a woman in church told me that I look like Casey Anthony. What’s odd is I’m positive that she meant this as a compliment. My friend Chelsea H. instantly leaned over and whispered, “No you don’t.”
As I reflected on this situation I thought, “Isn’t this a pivotal moment?” I can choose to take her comment in the spirit in which she meant it, a somewhat strange compliment. Or I can choose to be totally offended and cut ties with my church.
But really, for me, it comes down to this. How many times have I said something equally silly, offensive or just plain stupid to someone in my life? How many times has someone forgiven me when 50 feet of dumb has just fallen out of my mouth? That very Sunday I had apologized to a friend for a comment I made that implied that I didn’t value her friendship. Are any of us perfect? Are any of us getting everything right?
To me, forgiveness looks like a circle. It has no beginning and there is no end. It’s a continuous loop of love. We all deserve it and we should all impart that love to the rest of the universe.