This past week I had an opportunity to give and receive grace. Monday morning began with the status quo but by mid-day a personal project, I thought was about to rap-up, suddenly crashed. The professional hired to “close the deal” called to say the deal was off. I was immediately filled with anger and questioned how she could have allowed this to occur. Needless to say, my response to the information was not as controlled as I would have liked it to be. By Tuesday I had to make a decision whether to continue to work with her (on a new deal) and whether to hold her accountable for the error I believed she had made in “working” the previous deal.
Looking back I was torn between extending grace and holding accountable; I opted for extending grace and moving forward. Truth told, I was not feeling great about my decision but I pushed through to move forward putting together a new deal. Then it happened. On Thursday I found myself needing grace when what I thought was a closed deal was sent back to me from the approver with additional work needing to be done. Needless to say, I immediately understood at a deeper level the need for grace. I was also reminded of my overarching belief that, generally speaking, most folks are trying to give their best on a daily basis.
Looking back over the years I’ve found holding the fundamental belief that people by and large try to do the best they can has allowed me to extend grace when their offered best misses the mark. While I wish I had not found myself on the needing grace end of the spectrum this week, I must be grateful for being kept on track and reminded to give grace to those who need it.
How about you? Is there someone in your life this week that needs your grace?