Thursday, October 11, 2012

New Post: "Reasons for Turning-Off Our Grace"

I dont like to serve other people all day.
I tire of working with customers, peers, management,
and even in my volunteer efforts.
The last thing I want to do at the end of a long day...
is to be extra nice to other people;
especially those who might take advantage of me.

It is not natural for me

to look for opportunities to show & share Grace.

Rather, it is second nature for me to find ways to avoid it. 

I find reasons to ‘vent’ on other drivers in traffic,
and it seems a fitting outlet for my fatigue.
Perhaps I was mistreated that day by a co-worker,
or management gave me more work to do with less resources.

Maybe I get home, and the only thing I want is time alone to decompress,
but instead I find my kids and spouse need my immediate help & attention.
In fact,it is often my wife who receives the brunt of my ‘bad-days’.

These are the moments when Grace fails to abound;
when I feel justified in my anger & frustration.
And yet...
this is precisely when Grace is so powerful.

When we needed Him most, but sought Him least,
Christ died to show us mercy and undeserved grace.

Grace gives what cannot be earned
to those who cannot repay it.

A smile and a silent prayer of blessing
to the driver who cuts you off in traffic.

A deep breath and some waiting...
when a customer vents their anger on us.

Purposefully giving all I can to my family,
even when I am exhausted
just so I can see them at peace.

Can you learn to lead with Grace?

"Treat every person with kindness and respect,

even those who are rude to you.  

Remember that you show compassion to others

not because of who they are

but because of who you are."

 - Andrew T. Somers

 

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