Grit & Grace
A couple of years ago, our school theme was Grow in Grit and Grace. Looking back on this year, I think that would have been an appropriate theme right now. We have had to demonstrate our courage and resolve to keep a positive attitude and to continue to work hard amidst the numerous challenges that have thrown at us.
On the other hand, we have also had an amazing opportunity to grow in grace. Everyone handles pressures in different ways, but the more tired we get, the more short-tempered or grumpy we may become. I’m sure you can relate that being confined together for extended periods of time, even with the people that we love the most, can make it more and more difficult to extend grace to each other. Remember that grace means to show kindness to others even when they don’t deserve it. Just as God has shown grace to us, we are asked to show grace to each other.
I was looking online, when I came across a site called “Nine Ways to Extend Grace to Others,” by Dawn Klinge. I would like to share her thoughts with you today about how to show others grace.
- Words: Be kind and gentle in what you say and how you say it.
- Look for Needs and Opportunities: Simple everyday kindnesses and actions can bring joy to others.
- Let it Go: Respond to others with grace, even if they have been rude or have been harsh to you.
- Be There: Sometimes, all you need to do is be there for someone. This shows them how much you care.
- Forgive: When someone asks you to forgive them, do so quickly and without correction. Remember that you will most likely need to be forgiven, too.
- Learn to Ask for Forgiveness: Be quick to apologize when you make a mistake or have wronged someone.
- Watch the Way You Speak: Be careful how you express what you want to say. Watch your tone.
- Gratitude: Say “thank you” as often as possible. Let people know how much you appreciate them.
- Take an Interest in Others: Learn about others. Ask them questions. Listen to them. The more you look to the needs of others, the less you will think about yourself.
I hope that these simple reminders will help as we finish out this unique school year. We can be thankful for the opportunity to extend grace to others, just as God has shown His grace toward us.
Because of His Faithfulness,
Dr. Sharon Brobst, Director