It can be easy.
To be cynical.
And yet it can be so easy to give grace.
It's been laying heavy on my heart lately...
I could have given more grace.
I should have given more grace.
I need to remember to give more grace.
It's hard - we all interact with so many people.
At work, in friendships, at home or in social settings. And to put it out there honestly, there are some people that are harder to interact with than others.
I don't really talk about work here on the blog. My job has a lot of confidentiality involved, and so it's easier just to keep work, well...at work. I would guess that Clint would tell you that even he doesn't know much about what I do. It's just easier for me that way.
And part of me second guesses what I'm about to post and I don't really have it all sorted out but I thought I'd try to explain here.
I see a lot at work.
All of us that do this job, see a lot. We see a lot of good things, but we also see a lot of challenging things. Ownership changes, family drama, farms that may have fallen on hard times, misunderstandings and the like.
And often, our work places us right in the middle of someone else's struggles.
Whether welcomed or unwanted, a lot of change walks thru our door.
And not everyone deals with - or reacts to - change the same way.
I was working with a producer here recently, and due to a cancellation after their appointment I had an extra half hour in the schedule. An appointment that would have been tight, suddenly became not as rushed as it would have been. As this producer and I were going thru paperwork and making decisions, the conversation drifted away from the task at hand.
A lot was said quietly, and a lot was left unsaid but we both knew the heart of the conversation.
I learned a lot during that conversation.
I learned that sometimes, things aren't as they seem.
I learned that when you only want to see meanness, you need to see grace.
I learned that there are times when people are hurting, and so they respond with hurt.
And it's probably not fair that they respond that way, but sometimes we just need to remember that we don't see everything.
We don't see a personal life unraveling behind closed doors. We don't see a business going thru tough times. We don't see loneliness or depression or desperation or whatever wolf is knocking at the door.
But we can see grace.
And we can GIVE grace.
My experience that day in my office isn't unique to me, or my situation.
All of us struggle with things, and we all interact with others who are struggling too.
No one is perfect, immune, or protected.
All of us need grace.
And all of us have grace to give.
They say that success breeds jealousy.
So what would an abundance of grace breed?
Shall we find out together?