My friend had just given birth to her first baby, and a tiny one at that.
Little Viv was a preemie, but such a cutie, and was finally home in the arms of her mama. I took a meal over to the family, chili and some fresh baked bread. I had no children at this point, and was so excited for my friend, I had a million questions. And I wanted to see the baby room! We sat down in her living room and she was trying to nurse, but was having a difficult time. I kept blabbering on about who-knows-what, asking questions, and looking around, while she was being polite and gracious but trying to focus on getting her baby to eat – which the baby would not do. I don’t know when I finally stopped talking and left, but looking back, I can’t believe my friend didn’t say to me, “Sarah, can we chat later? I need to nurse Viv now.” But she didn’t do that; her kindness covered my poor etiquette.
I really had no idea how inconsiderate I was being that day. I would never do that to a mama now unless she asked me to stay and chat.
Maybe you’ve seen the movie Bridget Jones’s Diary. There is a scene in which she shows up to a party in a ridiculous bunny costume, thinking it’s a costume party. Turned out, it wasn’t. Everyone was dressed nicely, and poor Bridget had a bunny tail on. Talk about a cringe worthy moment!
Do you have any of those cringe worthy or “wish-I-had-a-take-back” moments? A “what was I thinking?!” kind of time? It is those times that I want you to remember right now. Did you ever do something so awkward or foolish? Have you acted rudely at some point, not even realizing it until later? I bet you wish you could erase those times, or at least go back for a do-over. But you learned, right? You have a take away from your not-so-flattering experience. Now think of someone who has done something rude or foolish or engaged in bad etiquette around you at some point. I want you to remember them, and I want you to remember your moment, and I want you to think of grace.
Let your love cover the thing, and extend grace and a smile.
We just don’t all get it sometimes, and we are prone to mistakes and sin. We are, after all, human.
Today, let’s love and give grace well. Smile at the woman who doesn’t know. Smile authentic. You can free with your kindness, and you can lead others to the blood that spells out grace on a cross.
Especially for the woman who doesn’t know.
“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” Luke 6:31
“Grace, then, is grace,–that is to say, it is sovereign, it is free, it is sure, it is unconditional, and it is everlasting.” ~ Alexander Whyte
By Sarah Mae
Pictured: Redeemed Grace Necklace by DaySpring