I really thought I knew what Grace meant. Or I thought I did, and I did, in terms of it being a noun, but did you know that Grace is also a verb? I didn’t, not really so when my youngest child came home from school the other day, he talked about Grace and Courtesy. I looked at him and smiled. I asked him what does that mean.
His response: “You be nice to people”….
Really that simple.
Is it that simple?
Me being me, as I always thought that Grace was a way we carried ourselves… Like she “walked gracefully”…. I decided to see what Grace meant, so I Googled it…. 🙂
Grace (noun) :
- Simple elegance or refinement of movement.
- (in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
Okay, so it isn’t a NOUN I am looking for, it is a Verb….. (I had to look up what a VERB is, ironic I know, but I am not great at English.)
A word that represents an action or a state of being.
So GRACE as a VERB would be in terms of treating others or how we act…. Nothing that I could find would give me a definitive answer. So here is what I think:
Grace as a verb is giving others kindness, without question.
As adults are we showing everyone Grace and Courtesy. Or are we becoming more and more selfish, and mean? I have been watching people, trying to see instances of Grace, and truly I wish I saw more. I know I need to show more.
We are all human, we all have pasts, we all make mistakes.
Sometimes we have bad days, and sometimes we have good days.
Some days we try harder, some days we just want to crawl into bed and give up.
Some days we are jealous.
Some days we want to cheer everyone on!
Some times we misinterpret what others say.
Some days we aren’t paying attention.
Some days we see things and help,
and some days we don’t.
Sometimes we don’t have enough to pay the bills,
sometimes we have more than enough.
Each and every one of us has hard things in our life.
But I wonder if each of us started showing a little more Grace and Courtesy, wouldn’t this road of life be a little easier?
We aren’t always going to agree with people, in fact there are people you may just not like, bu does that mean that we have to withhold kindness? NO, we can disagree with someone without being mean. We can be nice to others, even if we don’t like them.
I am going to work on my Grace, and for me this means, that even if I don’t like someone, or I feel they have “wronged” me or hurt me, I still am going to be kind.
How do you define Grace?