Archive for July, 2005

HIATUS – Apologies that need another apology…

Well, I am still trying to think but nothing happened. I could not help but post this article from my favourite sportswriter (with permission)…

Posted on Sat, Jul. 30, 2005

Apologies that need another apology

How’s this for an apology: “If I did anything to offend you, I’m sorry.”
Just what does that mean?
“It’s not an apology because it takes no responsibility,” said Bishop Joey Johnson of the House of the Lord.
When someone apologizes to you like that — they are blaming you. As the Rev. Joseph Kraker of St. Vincent Church said: “It’s like they’re saying, if I offended you, then it’s your fault.”
Or as the Rev. Arthur Green from St. John’s CME Church said, “They’re really saying, `Something is wrong with you — and you should apologize to me. But I’m being big about it, so I’ll sort of apologize to you.’ ”
Green said he tries to practice Ephesians 4:26: “Do not let the sun go down on your anger.”
“If I have a problem with someone, I want to go to them right away and it get resolved,” he said. “The longer you ignore it, the worse it gets.”
One of the dumbest movie lines ever was from Love Story, where a character says, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
The person who thinks that won’t stay in love, or any other relationship, for very long.
This is a tough subject for many people.
As a friend told me, “When I have to admit I’m wrong, then I feel stupid. I’m also afraid if I apologize, the other person will yell at me.”
Instead of thinking an apology will make things right, we’re afraid it will make things worse. We believe the person will think even less of us than the person does already.
“It’s a battle with our self-esteem and pride,” Kraker said. “It takes real humility to sincerely apologize.”
Rabbi Stephen Grundfast, from Akron’s Beth El Congregation, said: “I think you need to name the act for which you are asking forgiveness. That is a part of our tradition. Say that you are sorry for cheating the person, gossiping or whatever you did.”
Instead, we often say, “I’m sorry, but you were wrong when you… ” or we say: “`I’m sorry I said that, but I had a real bad headache… ”
A phony apology can be worse than no apology.
Part of the problem is both parties are often hurt. How often, truly, is one person completely at fault in a personality clash?
“So we wait for the other guy to make the first move,” Johnson said. “Some people have been waiting 20 years, the grudges getting worse all the time. Entire churches have split, families have been broken, all because no one will apologize. Instead, people avoid each other. They talk about each other — but not to each other.”
What holds us back?
“If we apologize, it’s like we’re admitting we’re flawed,” Grundfast said. “It’s not just that we did something wrong, we have to admit there was something wrong with us.”
So we ignore it.
Johnson said that’s the worst tactic. He mentioned how the Bible puts the responsibility on us. If we have hurt someone, we must apologize for what we did — even if that person also hurt us.
The result can be amazing — one person apologizes, then the other does, too.
Johnson mentioned Romans 12:18: “If it is possible, as far as it depends upon you, live at peace with everyone.”
Not all of these discussions will end well. Sometimes, we ask forgiveness, but the other person can’t grant it.
“If the apology comes from the heart, then the obligation is on the other person,” Green said. “It’s very hard to forgive and forget. But I can forgive you and not hold it against you for the rest of your life — even if I always remember it.”
I talked to two Protestant pastors, a Catholic priest and a conservative rabbi for this article. All of them described the freedom, healing and cleansing that comes from true apologies.
The bottom line?
A real apology may not make a situation any better, but it can’t make it any worse.
Messages for Terry Pluto can be left at 330-996-3816.

HIATUS – HEED THE SIGNALS

Well I tried to think and nothing happened. Then nothing occurred to me. This mental emptiness is indeed a true blessing. We have some major decision to make, so we may have to make a visit to the cemetery. I am going off line for a short while, perhaps somewhat of a blogging retreat. But I thought I would leave you with a few widsoms from Max Lucado’s Grace for the Moment, taken from the July 23rd entry.

“Honor God and obey his command, because this is all people must do. Ecclesiastes 12:13.”

“Here are some God-given, time tested truths that define the way you should navigate your life. Observe them and enjoy secure passage. Ignore them and crash against the ragged rocks of reality…

– Love God more than you fear hell.

– Make major decisions in a cemetery.

– When no one is watching, live as if someone is.

– Succeed at home first.

– Don’t spend tomorrow’s money today.

– Pray twice as much as you fret.

– God has forgiven you; you’d be wise to do the same.”

taken from:Max Lucado’s Grace for the Moment…

Well I must be off…IDYBT……

FRYDAY FEAST – KID ALA ODE’

Well, you know I tried to think once, but nothing happened. Good ting D.E.P. suggested that in his absence I do a Fryday Feast, Ode de Ala whatever. So I thunk and thunk and could not think of anyting better. I tried and tried but thinking did not do me no good. So it was a good ting that it occurred to me that we have not done an Kid Ala Ode as of yet.

Donna and I have 5 wonderful kids we have known all their lives, and many many more we have come to know and love throughout the years. I got an email from an old friend this week I have not seen in about 3 years. When we last saw her she had just had her 1st baby and we offerred and were one of the first to watch him to give the new parents a little bit of a break. He was not a happy baby but Donna was determined she was gonna get that little tyke to smile!!! Little did we know we were starting a new ministry and this was even before we moved to Michigan!!! Now Rachel and her husband are expecting their 3rd child and finally a girl!!!

How has a kid blessed your life??? Well I must be off!!!

When all else fails and there is nothing else you can do….


Just post a cute baby picture!!!!!!

Ode’ Ala’ PUDGE


You know I tried to think once but nothing happened. Good ting it occurred to me that we should Ode the orginal oder. Ode’ Ala’ Pudge the Pudgerific One.

He is PUDGEerific. He is PUDGExpeealidoshis. He has his PUDGErisms. He is a reformed PUDGEalist. He cries real PUDGE tears. His heart is a big as all PUDGEdom. He sings real PUDGE songs!!!He cooks on a BHPUDGEG. He is an accomplished PUDGEuchreite. He PUDGES at third base and sometimes first base.

So how has your life been blessed by having a PUDGE in your life??? Do you have an animated story you can share about the benevolent and dictatorial D.E.P???

Have you ever been PUDGED???

I implore you to open your heart and take a minute to share with us your little PUDGE story.

Well, I must be off.

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