A Lesson From Randall
The number one new show of the season is This is Us. I had the opportunity to binge watch the first three shows and I was delightfully surprised. While I am not recommending it, I do want to share a storyline with you that I found very touching.
Randall was adopted and raised by the main family of the show. At 36 years old, he decided to find his biological father. Randall is successful with a wife and children of his own. He shows up at his biological father’s home and just unloads the moment he answers the door.
He tells his father how he was raised by a wonderful family and he is now successful in his own right. The father, William, listens patiently and then asks Randall if he’d like to come in for coffee to which Randal happily answers “yes.”
And so began a relationship which so far includes William moving in with Randall and getting a chance to know his grandchildren while he faces a diagnosis of stage four cancer. William dropped Randall at a fire station shortly after his birth. William and Randall’s mother were addicted to crack and she actually died in child birth.
Randall never asked for an apology, though William does offer one. I was moved by this story because imagine a man who had to overcome addiction, lived his life in poverty and pretty much alone because of bad decisions he made. He then learns he has terminal cancer and the son he gave away shows up on his door step willing to forgive him and invite him into his life. What an amazing blessing!
This story exemplifies the power of forgiveness. Randall gets to know the story behind why he was left behind which gives him a measure of understanding he needed to reconcile some things that happened in his life. And William gets a chance to have a relationship he thought he gave up 36 years ago. All because Randall made the choice to forgive and not be bitter.
This character of Randall is complex, he has real emotions of anger and rejection but he experiences these emotions, he doesn’t allow himself to be ruled by them which makes a big difference in the quality of your life.
It is absolutely true that forgiveness is important for you and your life but as we see from this story forgiving someone can also bless their life as well.
The Bible tells us, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37).
Life is hard and full of pain, that’s just what it is but God gave us something called forgiveness to help us through the hard part of life. Forgiveness is the bridge over to the good part of life. Whether we are forgiving or being forgiven, the decision to do either can open us up to blessings and experiences we thought we’d never have. God is able to heal every hurt and disappointment, we need only to forgive and trust God to heal us.
So take a risk like Randall did and just forgive and show compassion to those you feel have wronged you. There is nothing we give to others that God doesn’t ensure we receive back when we need it and because we are human we can always use forgiveness and compassion.
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