Recently, the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Stars had a feud. Apparently, the Cowboys sent out an errant tweet after the NHL strike ended. The tweet stated, “The NHL strike is over… but who cares.” The Stars replied, “At least our number 9 knows how to bring home the trophy.” This response was a comparison between Romo’s recent lack of success and Mike Madono’s ability to perform successfully.
It appears that the original tweet was sent from a lower level communication employee that meant to tweet from his personal account but mistakenly posted on the Cowboy’s official account. The Cowboys apologized for the comment and the Stars responded with, “Apology accepted.”
I thought about two of our local teams feuding over a few errant words, and I thought about the number to times that we, in our own relationships, do not simply say, “I am sorry!” I wonder how many times apologies really go unaccepted. How many times do we hold on to the grudge, the anger and the pain instead of forgiving?
Remember what Paul said in scripture, 2
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Think about it, and have a great day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D