The holiday season can amplify tension between family and friends. Those people who have hurt us are now expecting a card or a call or even a visit.
But we don’t. Instead, we remain passive and leave the past in the past. There is no healing and there is no progress.
As you probably know, humans struggle with forgiveness. We’re either unable to forgive or we forgive too quickly.
Related: How to Forgive Someone Who Hurt You
Over the past few months, I have been battling my own story of forgiveness. As I watch the media elaborate the disturbing stories of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Taliban, Hamas, and others, I found myself growing an unhealthy resentment toward these communities. Until I watched this.
Webster defines forgiveness as: “The ability to pardon an offense without holding resentment.” The key words are “without holding resentment.” It makes me think of this quote.
Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.
Now I’m not asking you to forgive terrorists. I’m asking you to support the people who must live near them. To hold up a nation of children and families who need our help, our leadership, and our prayers.
And while I sit in my comfortable home this holiday season, sipping cider and listening to Frank Sinatra on Pandora, these kids will still be there. They will be hungry. They will be sick. They will be cold. And they will be scared.
So what did I do?
I made a $500.00 donation to Samaritan’s Purse to support these people.
The big question is: What can you give?
$10? $20? Maybe even $100? Here’s your chance to make a difference. Will you do it? Let me know in the comments below.
Some know me as a serial entrepreneur and Founder of Sevenly and StartupCamp, others know me as the guy who can ride a unicycle and still kickflip on a skateboard. I’m on a mission to inspire people. Will you join me?