Say Your Grace…

Date: November 8, 2022

Artist behind the Image: Photo by Volkan Olmez on StockSnap

As a young child growing up, “Say your grace” was a staple in our household, one that we could expect to hear at least three times per day. It was a warranted command to pause and show homage and gratitude for the provision of substance, a command so deeply ingrained that it has transcended generations. Grace is incredibly powerful if we allow it to span past such moments and engulf us in its true magnitude.

When we define it, we often limit grace to an immeasurable and unwarranted level of compassion, assistance, and understanding granted by a Higher Power. But if we allow ourselves to dig a little deeper, we illuminate the power of grace within. It is the Higher Power that leads us to exercise internal grace, not only when dealing with others but also when dealing with ourselves. This definition of grace allows us to tap into the full potential and magnitude of this beautiful four-letter word.

Acknowledge it, feel it, and become comfortable in it. Never to be overshadowed or misconstrued with “lazy,” grace is an intentional space of awakening where you realize how hard you push yourself and how gently self-celebration is exercised. Acknowledgement starts with stepping away from the business of the world (even if just to enjoy this creative piece) and sitting in the absence of timelines and expectations to just breathe. Unapologetically inhaling acceptance, self-validation, and opportunity, not as defined by the world but as designed by God.

It is much easier to exercise and grant something we know, something that’s familiar. With a focus on the aforementioned, reflect and reconnect to moments where grace was either bestowed or requested. Pause and sit in those familiar and sweet yet vulnerable spaces, allowing compassion and understanding to lead as you grant it to yourself and to others. No matter how uncomfortable it may be, I challenge you to give yourself grace to pause and to rest. Grant yourself the freedom to feel what you feel and to exercise the unimaginable, boundless understanding of accepting it all. It sure worked for me!

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