Belated: (adj) coming or happening later than should have been the case
“You are not important enough for me to remember your birthday, but I am important enough for you to be overjoyed that I finally sent you a greeting.”
This is belated in a simple explanation.
It is the idea that life is so busy that it’s only natural for us to be forgetful, careless and tardy.
It’s the person who constantly arrives late to a luncheon, saying “sorry,” and then gives a litany of lame excuses for the delay:
- Lots of traffic.
- Something came up at the last minute.
- My GPS screwed up.
- I thought we were supposed to meet a half an hour later.
- I got a phone call just as I pulled into the parking lot.
- Well, I could go on and on with examples, because inconsiderate people never run out of explanations on why they are more important than you are.
We need to remember that forgiveness is not something we can ask for, but rather, something that’s granted.
Our job is to admit we are wrong.
Forgiveness is up to other people to provide to us–out of the kindness and gentleness of their heart.