August 4, 2010

Extra Grace Required

READY8 “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” ~ Hebrews 4:16 NIV

AIM8 Sometimes you just have to wonder why certain people keep popping up in your life. You know the ones; they don’t necessarily fit the mold as your ideal friends, neighbors or co-workers. I fondly refer to these folks as my EGRs; there is extra grace required!

Grace can be defined many different ways. However, in reference to our folks in question, we’ll define grace as “undeserved love and mercy.” Yes, it’s the same kind of grace God gives us without hesitation day after day. So, if God gives us grace every day, regardless of our mistakes, stumbles, and crazy life choices, then why do we have such a hard time offering grace to those folks in our lives that need it? I truly believe those EGR people keep popping up in our lives because God is giving us the opportunity to give grace back to those who we feel don’t necessarily deserve it, but who may need it to get back on their feet, or even to get through a rough day.

The next time you encounter an EGR person, rethink your response to her actions. You never really know what she is dealing with at home, at work, or personally. Your extra effort and gift of grace may be the very thing that keeps her out of trouble and on the right path in life.

FIRE!8 I challenge you to seek out that one EGR person in your path and show her some grace today. Believe me, it might be uncomfortable at first; however, you will make her feel better about life AND you will feel incredible because you did something amazing that will be a positive example to others.

Be Excellent!

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