There are many meanings for the small word grace. According to Webster, the word Grace can be defined as, “unmerited divine assistance given for the purpose of regeneration or sanctification : a virtue : sanctification : a way of moving that is smooth and attractive and that is not stiff or awkward : a controlled, polite, and pleasant way of behaving.” I would like to offer my own reflections on its meanings, and why it is a necessary element for someone who wants to live a life of impact all year.
G… Given. Grace isn’t grace until it is given. It is intended to be given and given freely, with no expectation for anything in return. When it is given, the receiver experiences unmerited pardon, hope, renewal. Additionally, the giver experiences freedom from holding a grudge or gnawing hurt.
R… Ridiculous. In the eyes of many grace is a ridiculous concept. Why would anyone pardon another when it is clearly undeserved, and the offender is clearly in the wrong? Ridiculous, right?
A… Another. Grace can only be expressed from one person to another and is best experienced inside a relationship.
C… Culture. Imagine a culture of grace. Not phoney forgiveness or flippant pardon, but authentic give and take with the heart of everyone growing, and becoming better everyday, because of grace both given and received.
E… Equip. As important as it for oneself to be equipped to give grace, equip others to receive it as well.
Grace is something to practice and seek to understand, knowing it is a life time pursuit.
Above all, know that grace is a choice. It doesn’t happen by accident or even serendipitously. Grace will always be present in our world as long as people are willing to give it.
(Written by Heidi Veal)