Life can be challenging at best. Just about the time you get one area of your life going smoothly, another one jumps off the rails. It’s like a jungle out there, teeming with good, bad, and ugly surprises lurking around every bend. The sooner you stop fighting what life is throwing at you, the sooner you can ease into graceful living, where your life is filled with inner peace, joy, and gratitude.
Living with grace takes the pressure off living. You don't have to constantly prove that you’re a worthy person. Grace means you can allow yourself and others to fail, without experiencing a major crisis each time life doesn't go the way you expect. Grace is one of the most refreshing, yet mysterious characteristics of the Divine. It means that God simply accepts you exactly as you are. Receive this wonderful gift and pass it on. Grace is for giving and forgiving. Forgive yourself when you fall short and forgive others when they fall short as well. Healing begins with grace. Accept this precious gift!
Reflect on the relationships in your life. Do any fences need mending? Is there someone you need to forgive because they failed to live up to your expectations? Have you heard that expectations are future resentments? Exchange your expectations for aspirations. When you aspire for others, rather than expect them to do something, they neither lift you up nor let you down when they don’t come through.
Do you need to forgive yourself for a past failure? Have you been too judgmental of yourself? Begin today to give and receive grace in your own life. This is not a resignation that you are doomed to fail. Instead it is a resolve to allow your failures to be springboards for personal growth. Live by grace.
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