Last fall, I read and reviewed a book by Max Lucado, GRACE, MORE THAN WE DESERVE,
GREATER THAN WE IMAGINE. I decided then to adopt the word Grace for my word for 2013.
Several years ago, I was in a study of grace using Phillip Yancey’s book, What’s so Amazing about Grace I realized then that, as a follower of Christ, I was to extend grace to others I met. I recognized the fact that those to whom I extended grace might not get the message of what I was doing but it was my task to exercise grace anyway.
I recently went through an ordeal that required me to extend grace as opposed to react like an injured party. I found myself repeating my word for this year over and over again. The next day I had to take a stand in reference to the original circumstance. The person acquiesced and got someone more skilled than either of us to do that which had caused us frustration.
We are still speaking to each other. I am thankful that I had this experience in extending grace. I kept my mouth shut and did the best I could with the circumstances.
As I reflect I recognize the grace of God works often in my life. I will watch out for it as I continue to live for Jesus. Here it is the end of January and Jesus, through my word for the year, has already taught me a valuable lesson. I wonder what He has in mind for me during the rest of 2013.