What is Grace?

Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18

I recently watched the movie, “The Soloist .”  It is a drama about a real-life musical prodigy Nathanielsoloist jpeg Anthony Ayers, who dropped out of Julliard after developing schizophrenia and became a homeless musician on the streets of Los Angeles.  A columnist for the LA Times stumbles across Ayers in the park one day and decides to write a story about him. Lopez, the columnist works feverishly to “fix” Ayers, trying to get him on medication, to live in an apartment, reunite with his sister, and take cello lessons. Ayers refuses all of his efforts and a discouraged, frustrated Lopez, gives up in defeat. A social worker tells Lopez that the best thing in Ayers’ life is having Lopez as a friend. Lopez’ ex-wife/editor, makes a poignant analysis of Lopez’ life pattern of seeking to be a fixer and states to him, “You couldn’t stop the earthquake. You’r’e not going to fix LA. You’re never going to fix Nathaniel. Just be his friend and show up.“

The Soloist is a story about two people who must learn to be friends. But it is also a story about learning to be a person of grace, a people of grace. In this story, I see how we, as the body of Christ, must learn to live in relationship and community with one another. We all have issues that make this process frustrating, challenging, discouraging, seemingly fruitless, and sometimes, downright dangerous, but it is what God has called us to do. What is grace?

Grace is giving a person space to run and fail
Grace is picking them up when they fall
Grace is laughing with them, not at them
Grace is crying with them and for them
Grace is seeing the great even when they  only show the bad
Grace is listening
Grace is lasting
Grace is learning
Grace is stepping into someone else’s world and resisting the temptation to redecorate
Grace is slowing down to walk at someone else’s pace even when you can walk faster
Grace is seeking to understand rather than demanding to be understood
Grace is forgiveness
Grace is praying with them and for them
Grace is giving them freedom to be who they are rather than who you want them to be
Grace is accepting who you are rather than demanding that you become who I want you to be
Grace is ”I believe in you“, even when they don’t believe in themselves
Grace is multiple chances…again
Grace is not being afraid to have your own weakness revealed
Grace is covering, not exposing shame
Grace is recognizing that we are more alike than we are different
Grace is helping people rediscover their way
Grace is admitting that you are often lost yourself
Grace is staying
Grace is coming back
Grace is crying, but not quitting

Are you a grace-full person?

Humbled by His grace,
Jason P.

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