Most of you have heard the “Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. He was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He died earlier this year of pancreatic cancer. He was an inspiration to many people. If interested, and your one of the few who have not seen it, you can see his last lecture here. He had some principles about saying “I’m sorry” that I think are so valuable and have at their core the biblical concept humility.
He says that there are three parts to an apology.
The first is saying, “I’m sorry.” Why is it so hard for us to get to this point sometimes? I think it’s pure pride.
The second part of an apology is admitting, “I was wrong.” I don’t know how many times people have said, “I’m sorry,” but really didn’t feel as though they were wrong.
The third part to an apology asks the question, “What can I do to make it right?” That’s repentance and a willingness to change. Wow! That’s really enough said about that.