January (ok so I had trouble getting this to work and now it’s February but this is still applicable) it’s the time of year where I get to work on the computer and figure out all the tax related issues. Not my favorite job, but I have improved over the last few years. While checking on some personal rebates from 2014 purchases I was informed that I was denied for the rebate due to mailing date. An issue (in this case)that wasn’t my fault due to a wrongly dated rebated and shipping issue. Despite contacting (even worse than working on taxes!) the rebate company I told me, “There is no grace period for issues like this”. I wanted to get really mad as I had made the purchase counting on the rebate.
But the words, “No grace” stuck in my head. How many times do I need grace and or need to give grace and do not give it? Yet Christ gives us grace with each and every breath we breathe. We are all sinners, without Christ we all fall short. The winter of 2014 certainly did not give us much grace. There have been a few weeks this year when it appeared 2015 was going to be the same. Our automatic waterer froze up and cattle had to be watered from our pond. Kids were out of school for 4 days straight! Jeremy was traveling for work. So I had to focus on being patient and kind with stir crazy kids. It took a few days, but the kids’ are back into their school routine and the waterer thawed out. I find it a lot easier to receive the grace God has given me when I am handing it out to others whether they deserve it or not!! So when things aren’t going our way and we aren’t getting the grace we think we deserve, why not start with giving a little grace!