Umbrellas, when they work effectively, can keep you from experiencing the heaviest of the rainfall. One of the challenges with using an umbrella is it can taint your perspective in the midst of a storm.
Sometimes you need to put away the cumbersomeness of the umbrella before you can experience the fresh perspective that comes through the downpour.
It’s all about perspective when it comes to a life lived for Christ. When we hold others accountable to reflect Christ and then they fail us, we often judge them. When we fail to hold ourselves accountable; we are more apt give ourselves a pass. This causes strife in the body and confusion in those who do not share the faith.
Jesus called us to a life of grace and mercy and we are good at giving ourselves that gift. Shouldn’t we also extend that grace to others as He did?
For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God (2 Corinthians 4:15 ESV).
I’m far from perfect, but I ask the Lord to remind me to shower others with grace. I want to experience His grace in my life. Take some time today to experience God’s grace personally and also reach out to others who probably need some grace in their own lives too!
“Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head
with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”