Grace. It’s a word that’s been popping up A LOT this past week starting with this post below that I saw on Facebook. It’s been shared 100’s of thousands of times, and if you’ve yet to see it, click the pic below and give it a read. It’ll bring a tear to your eye…
Then, while finishing up a book I’ve been reading called “Dare to Lead,” I did this exercise that is supposed to help you narrow your top one or two values, and guess what mine came out to be…
Vision and grace.
So, being the nerd that I am, I dug deeper into those values and did a little research, and I’d like to share the definitions I found for these two terms:
Vision: the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination and/or wisdom.
Grace: (1) the simple elegance or refinement of movement. (2) courteous goodwill. (3) the love and mercy given to us by God.
Turns out that these are two of my biggest values, and there’s entire part of the book that walks you through how to find those and how to challenge yourself to really live into them.
Then, I stumble upon this quote and was like, “Ok. I hear You. I’m needing to put some more focus and effort into grace.” And this quote brings me almost to tears reading it, because it’s like a revelation for perfectionists. It doesn’t matter how perfectly you perform or balance the million things going on in life. It matters how you live into grace, how you receive grace and how you share grace with others. That’s the real standard to measure against.
And Lord knows I am far, far, far, far away from perfection, but thankfully He loves me (even in all my mess) anyways. And He loves YOU (even in all your mess).
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.