Sometimes we forget how far-reaching our actions can be, especially in this age of the internet. Recently, I was smacked in the face with a reminder.
While wishing an old college buddy a happy birthday, I saw a post he had made to another friend from college, whom I hadn't yet reconnected with on Facebook. Naturally, I clicked on the person's profile, because I enjoy finding out what has happened in people's lives over the past 25 or so years, and I sent him a friend request. Then I went to look at his photos, curious as to how he had aged.
Imagine my surprise when the first photo to greet me was one of my old Facebook profile pictures. And imagine my horror when I read the caption under it: "My ex while attending Geneva Colege [sic], what a winner!"
That stung for a moment or two, but then it struck me: What had I done to this man that over a quarter of a century later, he still harbored such bitterness toward me?
I sent him a private message, asking that very question, because if I did something, I'd like to offer a belated apology. I honestly don't recall our dating and breakup as being anything particularly intense or traumatic, so I have no clue. He responded by blocking me on Facebook, so I will probably never know how I offended him.
But this was a good reminder to me that what we do now may have consequences way down the road.
Lord, may I always be mindful that my actions do have consequences, and that a careless word now might still be hurting someone 25 years from now! Help me to guard my speech and actions so that I will not cause this kind of hurt to someone in the future.