CORBIN — Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at email@example.com. You can also visit his blog at hallthingsconsidered.blogspot.com
“Oh, Father won’t You forgive them?
They don’t know what they’ve been doin’ (oh no).
Oh, Father, give me grace to forgive them,
‘Cause I feel like the one losing.”
—Tenth Avenue North
Before I started working here at the Times-Tribune, I was busy earning my college degree at the University of Kentucky.
For those of you familiar with the university, or just the city of Lexington in general, you’ll know how big the campus is.
It starts in the north end around the downtown area, and stretches for about three miles to the south end which is where the football stadium is located.
In between all of that are classroom buildings, office buildings and student dorms everywhere you turn.
It might not be the biggest campus in the country, but for a kid who graduated from a high school class of 87 students, it was quite the shock my freshman year.
At any rate, I thought I was ready to take on the big campus as I had my schedule picked out weeks in advance, and was settled into my dorm room several days before school began.
But after experiencing the first day, I realized I was mistaken.
Finding all of my classes turned out to be a nightmare even with the campus map I had handy. And when I did find the right building on the map, I still had to figure out the best way to get from Point A to Point B.
Luckily, I made it to my first few classes on time and with a few minutes to spare. However, as fate would have it, I got turned around trying to find my next class and wound up being a few minutes tardy.
And, boy, did I pay for it.
I tried to be polite and quietly tip-toe into a seat in the back of the room, but it didn’t matter.
The teacher stopped everything he was doing so he could call me out in front of the entire class. I can’t remember the exact words he said at that time, but they were not pleasant.
I tried to explain that I did my best to get to class on time, but he was having none of it.
Then he made me get back up out of my seat to close the door which I forgot to shut behind me. He continued to pause the class and stare me down until I got back to my seat.
Of course, this absolutely embarrassed me as I was nervous enough just from the first-day jitters of school. But I also became incredibly angry with this man for making me feel this way.
It was the first day of classes, and I just got a little mixed up trying to get from one place to another.
Nonetheless, after class was over, I went up to him and apologized so hopefully we could move past this and not let it have an effect on my semester.
But instead of accepting my apology, he simply tells me that he was making an example of me in front of the class.
At that point, I was furious so I just turned around and walked away before I said something I would regret. But I really wanted to come back at him and put him in his place after what he had just done to me.
So often we find ourselves in these situations in life. Somebody wrongs us so we want to fire back and get the last laugh.
Perhaps you’re still in school and another student calls you a name or picks on you.
Or maybe you have a job and feel like your boss continues to slight you or mistreat you.
With this being the weekend of Easter, I can’t help but think about what Jesus said before he was crucified.
Luke 23:34 says, “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”
Jesus was asking God to forgive those who were about to crucify him because they didn’t really know what they were doing.
This is the attitude we should have when we feel like we have been wronged by those around us. Instead of looking for a fight or a way to seek revenge, we should just pray to God that He forgives them of their wrongdoings.
We do not have to settle the score. We can pray to God and let Him handle it the way He sees fit.
We will all have our moments like I had with that college professor, but instead of taking matters into our own hands, we should turn them over to the hands of God.