My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20 NIV
Sometimes in the most unexpected places you'll find life lessons.
Words were spoken that pierced. It was unexpected, yet necessary.
The pierce came from a trusted hand, a dear friend. It opened a place in my heart that needed surgery.
I'm reminded of the true story of a doctor friend who was shot in the ER, right through the heart by a misguided man. He died and was revived. That fatal shot uncovered a defect in his heart that would have gone unnoticed and eventually would have claimed his life unexpectedly.
The shot to his heart was an abrupt healing.
My friend sent an email, a text and called me apologizing for the piercing words she had delivered.
Honestly, I needed the abrupt healing, but the apology was soothing balm on an open wound.
“At the point of apology we strip off a mask and face our limitations. No wonder we hesitate,” said John Kador.
Marshall Goldsmith, a prominent executive coach, says, “I regard apologizing as the most magical, healing, restorative gesture human beings can make. It is the centerpiece of my work with executives who want to get better.”
Who needs healing balm in your life? Don't hesitate, restore a hurting heart.