“A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.”
To over-simplify things, there are two kind of people in this world: those whom are liked and those not liked as much. (To be fair, there tends to be a third group: the rest of us, we who seem to get by with little notice from most other people. We have our friends and co-workers, and that is about it.)
The first person most people in our world think about when asked to name a person full of grace is Mother Teresa.
Many consider Mother Teresa to be one of the greatest women in history. She confessed hurts, pains, depressions, doubts, and weak faith.
Yet people still loved her … still love her to this day, even though she died in 1997.
She loved. She showed grace. She was devoted to serving others.
Many consider Donald Trump one of the wealthiest and most arrogant men in history. He has built a financial empire, built impressive buildings, hosted his own reality television series, and made a lot of money.
And many people can barely stand the guy.
He is blunt to a fault. He alienates others for the sake of profit. He is devoted to the bottom line.
As mentioned above, most of us fall somewhere in the middle.
The downside is that we can fall into the trap of chasing something so hard that we alienate others and miss God. We end up with … nothing.
The plus side is that we can be like Mother Teresa. If we pursue God wholeheartedly, if we are desperate for His glory, we, too, can be known as people of grace remembered for our love.
The choice is ours.
The choice is yours.
Great God, give us Your grace. Fill us with Your love. Create in us a passion for Your glory, that we may not finish this race empty-handed and hated.