Sometimes in life, we are faced with things that require our forgiveness. It isn’t always easy, though, to forgive someone who has done you wrong, or hurt you in ways that you didn’t even know were possible. Forgiving someone can be hard.
But maybe it doesn’t have to be. Maybe we’re the ones making it hard on ourselves. After all, forgiving someone doesn’t change them, it changes you.
The popular social media blog Humans of New York shared a story about a non-existent relationship between a man and his father. The story was great, but it was one of the comments below that took the Internet by storm.
Jennifer Thomas commented with her daughter’s incredible story—one that taught this mama everything she needed to know about forgiveness:
“My daughter has not seen her biological dad since she was four. She’s 11 now. When she was two, he contacted me and asked if I would allow him to terminate his parental rights so he could stop paying child support and I agreed… I wanted to spare her the heartache of a revolving door father and the sacrifice of the financial support was well worth him never being able to disappoint her again.
I never lied to her about where he went or who her dad was… I have always answered her questions in the most age appropriate way possible. When she was four, he contacted me and told me that he has been diagnosed with cancer and would like to see her.