As I get older, I appreciate grace-ful people more and more. I don’t mean the people who can walk with a plate balanced on their head. I mean those people who see your faults, your weaknesses and those areas that you are ashamed of and yet they embrace you. Those people who not only embrace you, but make you feel like maybe, just maybe, you are even “normal”.
This world is such a harsh and judgmental place. Each of us receive so many messages every day that whisper ways we are not adequate. And unfortunately, we make mistakes every day that support those accusations. Others will also mess up, and what they do will effect us directly. So what do we do when that person disappoints us? What do we do when their mistake means an inconvenience for us? When in doubt, choose grace. Actually, even if you’re sure they deserve your judgment…try grace. Maybe there is a time you can remember when you made a mistake that you really didn’t want to make (I could use myself as an example here, but that would quickly turn this blog into a novel!). It’s likely they didn’t want to make that mistake, either.
I don’t know if I mess up more frequently as I get older, or if I just become more aware of when I do. This week, I was thinking of my dearest friends who MUST see ALL of these warts and are often on the receiving end of my blunders.
I am so very, very glad that they choose grace.