Give Me A Break!

How often have you been cut off by someone in traffic or found yourself at the wrong end of an undeserved criticism or sarcastic remark? Or maybe you have been the perpetrator?

The Psalmist declares, "When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was stupid and ignorant; I was like a brute beast toward you. Nevertheless, I am continually with you. You hold my right hand. You guide me with wise counsel. And afterward, you receive me with honor."

Robert Greenleaf, the father of servant leadership, created the term "unlimited liability." In relational terms, when we treat others with unlimited liability we are doing more than giving them a break or the benefit of the doubt. What he is really talking about is grace.

You don't have to consider yourself a Christian or go to church to offer or experience grace. Grace is a gift available to all. It fights through nasty circumstances. It cuts through arrogant attitudes. It calls out to minds bent on self-destruction. Grace is like a best friend or loving parent who is always waiting when we finally recognize that we have nothing left to manipulate or control, and that the messiness of our lives can no longer be contained.

Grace is a gift, whether between God and follower or from person to person. At the end of the day, it's the only thing that holds us together. Make today the day that you decide to receive it. Make today the day that you treat others with unconditional liability. Receive the gift, and share it liberally.

Peace and grace to you.