It bothered me that evening and the next day. I started to blow it out of proportion in my mind, as I was thinking that it was a judgement of my existence. I wondered if I was not "approved" by that person. I wondered if I should talk to them about it. I wondered if I should talk to the other relatives about it. I struggled with the thought. Ever been there???
Well, what I came up with is . . . sleep on it! After a day or so, I realized that the shock of the heartfelt statement was that person's opinion and it did not devalue me. I could and should let it go. Besides, isn't it written by Luke in Acts:
This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.
Acts 24:16 NKJV
and I believe Solomon had something to say about this subject:
9 He who covers a transgression seeks love,
But he who repeats a matter separates friends.
Prov. 17:9 NKJV