‘Tis the best of days or the worst of days. That ‘tis the question.
For every person who wins a race there is great joy and pride. And in that same moment there is another person experiencing loss and defeat. When a store closes its doors for good an employee mourns the loss of their job. At the same time a competitor rejoices at having one less store to compete with. When someone misses their flight after running through the airport to catch it they are beyond frustrated. But the person flying standby who had been praying for a seat to open feels beyond blessed.
What is a glorious day for you may not be so glorious for others. When we are filled with hurt, pain, grief and anger those emotions spill over onto those around us. When we are filled with hope, love, grace and mercy those spill over onto those around us as well.
That person who is frustrated about missing the plane may be missing the birth of his first born child. The person who lost their job may be homeless and this was their first paycheck with which to start getting back on their feet.
When you meet someone who isn’t having a glorious day and is spilling their toxic emotions all about, make the choice to extend them grace right where they are at. When you share your grace, hope, love and mercy you never know when it will turn their day into the most glorious one ever.
Ephesians 4:7 – But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9 – Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Peter 1:2 – Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
1 Peter 4:10 – Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.