I’m thinking about words I wrote a few months ago. They seem needed now. So I’m sharing them here because I want to affirm the power and value of grace. I want to be a woman who lives, gives, and invites grace. It might get messy, but it’ll be worth it. Given the current state of affairs, I want to remind myself of what truly matters when everything is said and done.
Earlier this past summer I was thinking about how division is destruction in work, family, relationships, and especially politics. Our judgment of another is not another that person’s obligation. Our condemnation of others is not their obligation. The finger pointing and condescension are not another person’s priority. Our bullying and belligerence don’t win us long term friends, platform, or influence that builds others up. What if we offered grace instead, and made room to hear other people’s stories? Imagine if we put on unconditional love and our deeds matched our words in ways that empowered and equipped other to live into holy purpose. No more lip service friends. I’ll say it plain.
You divide us when you refuse to allow my voice to speak as I see fit to bring about a change, to open eyes that refuse to see, to whisper in ears that refuse to hear. The same applies to me because I’m not here to point fingers. My actions come with purpose. I’m here to empower, encourage, and equip. I’m here to share hope, to inspire, to listen to stories and offer a helping hand.
Maybe you don’t agree. But if I’m standing for righteousness and truth, for change that leads to freedom, for hope and reconciliation, for justice and mercy; for love and grace in thinly cracking places, then check your own heart before you start throwing stones and vile judgement. Of course, I’ll do the same because I don’t always get it right either. Imagine what we could learn from one another if we held each other’s stories with grace.
Think of the positive impact we could make if we stopped insisting on being right or asserting our way over another person’s will. No more you or I but rather we. We are in this together. Love is what wins. It is deep heart and soul work that begins in each of us, but I believe it can make a difference in the here and now.
We are on this earth together. Let’s not work at cross purposes but for common good. Let’s choose love. Let’s constructively engage in conversations that drive us toward one other rather than away from each other. Let’s treat one another with honor and dignity. Let’s be difference makers. It’s needed now more than ever.
This is day 13 of my 31 Days of Affirmation. In this series I’ll affirm hope, faith, truth, and encouragement even when life is troubling. Particularly the series ponders what it means to hold on to those things that are good, right, noble, honorable, true, and lovely even when life isn’t so pretty. This means, at least for me, I need to engage and practice and activate my faith as I believe it bolsters my hope. I do this by affirming truth even in the storm. You can read all the series post here. I hope you’ll be encouraged.
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