What a word!
Not a lengthy word, yet very jam-packed.
Packed with meaning.
In fact it can really pack a punch.
And right where it hurts.
I have found that showing grace, demonstrating grace or expressing grace in any way is out of my comfort zone and it hurts. It has cost me significantly and is currently stretching me in ways that I thought I had already developed.
Grace has managed to surprise me with how lacking I am, how ungracious I can be and how immature I can behave and as such, how much I am yet to learn.
I will be honest, I have wanted to move on ignoring this and have even entertained if it is possible to manage in life and my walk without trying to develop a more gracious attitude. And it probably is.
However is this the life I want to live? Is this how I want to be treated by others? Is being ungracious – also known as rude, impolite or disrespectful – the reputation I am after?
I have always worked diligently at growing my integrity and being honest with others and I generally believe that I have done this with grace, so why now am I struggling internally with this. Why it is so hard?
I am finding that being gracious is not as easy as it used to be, and to assist in growing to next level I am analysing my lack and how I can strengthen grace in my life. My goal is to be able to be gracious in all I do, and to do so without thought. The development of this as a daily habit performed with excellence.
The first step I have taken is to remind my soul of the grace that has been shown to me. It is with hope that I can quickly move into this being given to others just as freely and my daily habit to grow.
Reminding my soul on how and why I need to be gracious looks like this:
G – give; freely cause it is not mine to have and to hold
R – reminding myself daily of how I need grace
A – Attitude to others
C – Caring for others
E – Everybody requires grace
I have a long way to go, but I am hoping that this tool will assist me to develop what I need to demonstrate grace more freely in my everyday life, and toward all those I come in contact with.
I would like to be thought of as someone that others want to be around and remembered for my demonstration of grace.
Grace, such an amazing gift to give to others.