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Archive for May 12th, 2010

Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.

It’s a way to live.

~ Jackie Windspear

Yesterday I was reminded that sometimes things don’t work out like they should. And sometimes this is a good thing.

I’m sure all of us have been there:

Broken laws, missed deadlines, thoughtless comments, intentional oversights, non-compliant behavior.

Actions (intentional or not) for which the law demands some sort of restitution:  discipline, fines, public humiliation, notes in personnel files, severe action, loss of freedom . . . trust . . . reputation.

We know what we did. We understand the consequences. We’re aware of the punishment. We know what we deserve. We wait to hear the judgment announced.

And we wait . . . and we wait . . .

And we play the scenario over and over in our minds, agonizing over the absurdity of our own actions.

And then — like the sun rising in the morning — grace appears. Unmerited favor is extended. We don’t get what we deserve. We are given a gift. And we promise ourselves we will behave differently in the future.

But the grace wasn’t for you to hoard in your life.

It’s not for you alone.

Once you receive grace, you accept the responsibility to extend grace to others. When they don’t deserve it. When you have the right to demand justice. To retaliate with  kindness. To pay it forward.

To give others what they don’t deserve.

Whatever you are, be graceful today!

Deanna

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