Last year I had an intern come up to me after one of the sessions that I spoke at. The intern told me that he was holding bitterness towards me because he had smelled alcohol on my breath in a previous conversation he had with me a few weeks before that. I was thinking in my head why he would think that since I don’t drink alcohol. He continued to talk to me and said that he wanted to ask me for forgiveness since he shouldn’t have been thinking such negative thoughts toward me. It then hit me why he may have thought I had alcohol on my breath. I had recently been given some Listerine Cool Mint breath strips when I had talk to this intern a few weeks ago. I also had some in my pocket when he approached me so I took one out as we were talking at the altar and offered him one. I then asked him if my breath smelled like it did a few weeks ago.
We had a good laugh about the misunderstanding that took place.
I told him how proud I was of because he came and talked to me about it and did not let that bitterness fester in his heart. He shared with me that he had told other people about the alcohol on my breath and now needed to go and tell them what really happened. I told him that would be good so they knew the real story.
Have you ever had this happen to you? Where you thought something had happened and then told everyone about it when in fact you maybe misunderstood something. I have and try to not make this a habit in my life.
Question: What would you do if someone came up to you and confronted you on an issue? What would your response be even if they did not have all of the facts?