Ah 2015. A new year. No matter how you feel about new years resolutions, there is an inescapable freshness and excitement when a new year begins. We reflect, we dream, we take action. Our professional, personal, and spiritual lives feel like a glowing harmony of colorful unicorns prancing around clouds, giggles, and, since this is Hannah’s blog, glitter. We feel unicorns. We think unicorns.
Some of us have big changes ahead this year, whether it’s getting married, healing a wound, organizing that hall closet, traveling the world, a season of rest…or learning to navigate TJ Maxx all by yourself (hey, that’s legit! I’ve done it twice already and I felt like I was climbing Mt. Everest).
Grace. For ourselves and for each other.
Grace doesn’t eliminate the need for hard conversations, or even consequences, but it allows us to push through the awkwardness, resulting in even closer and healthier relationships. Grace helps us see with more compassion that others are doing the best they can with what’s in front of them. It helps us empathize with what they are going through, and where they are at, rather than where we wish they were. It parts the waters for forgiveness. It heals wounds and destroys shame. It gives us hope in second chances. It gives others freedom to choose things and respond to what God has uniquely asked of them. Grace doesn’t offend, and doesn’t take offense.
Grace is the most radical love that God gives us in unlimited amounts, all the time. In the words of Philip Yancey, “Grace is free only because the giver himself has born the cost.” Intentionally giving grace the way God gives it to us is worth the hard work, risks, and vulnerability. Since I am human, I will mess up giving it (and there is grace for that!) this year. But I am so grateful to covered completely by it. It’s free, and it’s powerful. Grace makes us grow. And growth means change.
Angie is one of my wonderful friends. She’s an incredible encouragement, an avid triathelete and lover of everything purple. She constantly inspires me to go after the dreams God has placed in my life and is one of the strongest voices saying, “You can do it!” . I’m so grateful for her and her willingness to share her thoughts with us today. Hopefully this is the first of many such posts! I <3 you Angie!