GRACE : simple elegance or refinement of movement as defined in the dictionary.
GRACE : (in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
Grace is tough!! When I think of it in the LITERAL sense, just being graceful, light on your feet just beautiful movement … I FAIL …. I am a born KLUTZ!!! The hours I spent in the emergency room because I hurt myself should be awarded a medal!!! Then I think of Grace in the spiritual/emotional sense, and if i’m going to be real and honest,
I FAIL AGAIN!!!
Often times we all want to be shown grace whether it be by our spouse, our boss, our family, our friends and if we are really lucky our kids. But how can we possibly ask for grace if we aren’t giving back grace? As Easter Sunday approaches, I am reminded of the greatest form of grace that has ever been shown to us:
Jesus hanging on that wooden cross and dying for EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US!!
Jesus in that moment showed GRACE to the very worst of humanity. Yet we struggle to show grace to our loved ones and friends most of the time.
Have you ever thought about a moment where you could have shown grace? But you didn’t want to, didn’t have time to, etc. I can think of a time, sadly I can think of more then one time, and I am sure there will be others to come. Now I am not making myself out to be a monster, because that I am not. But I am not PERFECT, I fall short of God’s grace often but even at my worst God’s grace has been at its best!
So the next time you want to be mad at your spouse, SHOW THEM GRACE and ask them whats going on, talk it out.
The next time your kids throw a fit for no good reason, take a breath and SHOW THEM GRACE, because we are our children’s Godly examples.
The next time your boss treats you not so kindly, SHOW THEM GRACE, you don’t know the struggles they are dealing with in their lives.
The next time you hear about someone’s problems, SHOW THEM GRACE, don’t judge them, love them!
Like I said GRACE IS NOT EASY. But it is so worth it. My prayer every morning is this:
I want to be a Mom full of grace
I want to be a Wife full of grace
I want to be a Daughter full of grace
I want to be a Friend full of grace
I want to be a Woman full of grace
But most importantly I want to be a child of God full of grace.
So as Easter approaches, be mindful of the people you encounter, and show grace even when its hard. Because the grace you show someone today, can change their tomorrow.