It started Thursday night. Andy Stanley came to speak at a night of worship at our church. As usual, my husband did an amazing job of leading us into the presence of God. So rich!
During the talk, Andy said that as churches, we need to err on the side of grace. He said a lot of other things, too, but this comment stuck out. I really took it and ran with it. Simply put, grace involves giving freely to someone… They might or might not deserve it.
You don’t have to believe in God to follow this concept. You don’t really have to believe in anything at all. It might make it easier, but really – think about it.
If we were always looking to give the other guy a break… wouldn’t our relationships run a whole lot more smoothly? If instead of taking, we were always giving, regardless of the outcome… wouldn’t there be a whole lot less selfishness and bitterness in the world? Good grief, think about the possibilities! World peace, y’all!
On a much smaller level, I made some personal goals:
When in doubt, cut ’em slack.
When annoyed, dig deeper for patience.
When stretched thinly, pretend they’re my grandmother (this goes for my needy patients at work).
Err on the side of grace.
This is my weekend challenge. It started yesterday, and I’m gonna be really intentional about it. I’m especially steering this little gem of wisdom towards my marriage. I’ve been a Negative Nancy lately, and my husband is probably over it. I know I sure am.
Feel free to join me, and keep me posted.
Christians! Jews! Atheists! Agnostics! Come one, come all!
Get outside yourselves today and err on the side of grace.
With that, I’m off to enjoy this 60-degree Carolina autumn weather.