Living Lesson: by Christopher Wiles
According to the calendar, April 2nd is reconciliation day, and in my opinion, it’s a great day to follow April Fool's day. I remember pulling pranks of forking yards, putting Kool-Aid in the shower head, and prank calling people asking, “Is your refrigerator running?” Reconciliation day was started in 1989 by newspaper columnist Ann Landers. The intent of this day is to patch up relationships and make amends, especially if you made someone mad by filling their yard with clear plastic forks.
For the followers of Christ, we reconcile not because the calendar tells us to, but because in 2 Corinthians 5:18, “God reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” You and I are called to help people reconcile with each other and with God. How are you doing with that ministry God has given you?
For those of you reading this, consider letting go of your grudges. Pick up a pen and paper to start a letter. Open your email client to start a relationship anew. Maybe you should make a phone call that will reconcile yourself with your loved ones. Whatever avenue of communication you choose, be sure to speak kind words, say you’re sorry for your past mistakes, and forgive others as you would have them forgive you. You'll be glad you did.