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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Forgivenness

Posted for Alex Baker (#8)

“Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realizing you were the

prisoner” –Max Lucado

I believe in forgiveness. I believe the power of forgiveness is one of the strongest

and most valuable things I can hold. Forgiveness can be a difficult concept for humans

and especially when hardships are encountered in life. Finding faith and realizing I had

the power to forgive has allowed me to become an overall better person.

When I truly understood the power behind forgiveness was when I put all my

energy and time into the college I attended as a freshman. My life was built around my

faith and playing soccer. Naturally I looked for a school that would allow me to grow

closer to God and continue to let me pursue the talents He gave me through soccer. I

devoted four years of recruitment into this school only to leave after my freshman year.

Letting go of the idea of being a student-athlete and a follower of my Savior was

extremely hard and I battled with forgiving myself and it even made me question my

faith. I battled with being sexually harassed by my soccer coach and continued to ask

“why me?”. How could I continue at a school that supported a women’s soccer coach that

degraded women and infringed on my image of what a Christian man should represent? I

decided to leave the soccer program and a place of holy worship for a secular school that

was unknown territory for me. I battled everyday with what I did wrong and how I could

be mislead by Christians and what seemed to be the direction my faith pushed me. I

struggled with forgiving my coach and had a corrupt outlook on men. Finding myself on

my hands and knees praying for a sign was when I knew things were changing.

Forgiving those that have harmed you is a powerful gift. I not only forgave those

around me, but I ultimately forgave them for myself. The statement “feels like a hundred

pounds has been lifted off my shoulders” was an understatement for the decision I made

when I changed schools and forgave the man that hurt me the most. I forgave him for his

family, my team, and for the countless number of men in my life. In this moment of

weakness I found that forgiveness not only lifted a burden off of me, but allowed me to

become a stronger Christian.

Signs of Forgiveness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxoMbPWuk0I

Funny forgiving dog compilation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsgsQ_1QFBs

http://askingachristian.org/forgiveness-foolishness-part-1/

“Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realizing you were the

prisoner” –Max Lucado

I believe in forgiveness. I believe the power of forgiveness is one of the strongest

and most valuable things I can hold. Forgiveness can be a difficult concept for humans

and especially when hardships are encountered in life. Finding faith and realizing I had

the power to forgive has allowed me to become an overall better person.

When I truly understood the power behind forgiveness was when I put all my

energy and time into the college I attended as a freshman. My life was built around my

faith and playing soccer. Naturally I looked for a school that would allow me to grow

closer to God and continue to let me pursue the talents He gave me through soccer. I

devoted four years of recruitment into this school only to leave after my freshman year.

Letting go of the idea of being a student-athlete and a follower of my Savior was

extremely hard and I battled with forgiving myself and it even made me question my

faith. I battled with being sexually harassed by my soccer coach and continued to ask

“why me?”. How could I continue at a school that supported a women’s soccer coach that

degraded women and infringed on my image of what a Christian man should represent? I

decided to leave the soccer program and a place of holy worship for a secular school that

was unknown territory for me. I battled everyday with what I did wrong and how I could

be mislead by Christians and what seemed to be the direction my faith pushed me. I

struggled with forgiving my coach and had a corrupt outlook on men. Finding myself on

my hands and knees praying for a sign was when I knew things were changing.

Forgiving those that have harmed you is a powerful gift. I not only forgave those

around me, but I ultimately forgave them for myself. The statement “feels like a hundred

pounds has been lifted off my shoulders” was an understatement for the decision I made

when I changed schools and forgave the man that hurt me the most. I forgave him for his

family, my team, and for the countless number of men in my life. In this moment of

weakness I found that forgiveness not only lifted a burden off of me, but allowed me to

become a stronger Christian.

Signs of Forgiveness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxoMbPWuk0I

Funny forgiving dog compilation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsgsQ_1QFBs

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Posted for Alex Baker (#8)

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