Why Leading With Love + Grace is Important to Me

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This has been in my heart for a while. Having a presence on social media and seeing how people interact with others makes me want to write this one. The discourse can be disconcerting. Nobody, on this planet, is perfect, but is deserving of dignity and respect for their humanity. Coming from a place of grace to every person I encounter is paramount for me.

I mess up and fall short of what God expects of me daily. I know I do, and that is why I need a savior and an endless supply of amazing grace daily. Thankfully, I have both. As a follower of Christ, I must extend the gracious forgiveness and love I am given, by God through Jesus, to every person, I meet regardless of who they are. I want everyone who interacts with me on this blog, its’ social media accounts, and in my life outside of this work to feel seen and loved by me no matter who they are. I want to give everybody what I want them to give me. That is me putting my faith into action.

For years I thought extending grace and love meant not standing up to someone who bullies me for my condition. I thought I had to be quiet when someone said something awful to me. Over time I learned to do my best to educate people, when the situation arises that someone bullies me, on my condition and the federal law that allows me, and others with physical challenges, to live as full a life as possible. While I educate someone, I do my best to do so with love and respect for their humanity that they have not shown me. That goal is putting my faith in action as well.

I am trying every day to put my money where my mouth is. Do I always succeed? No, I mess up a hundred times a day, but I keep trying. In addition, I am honest about my mistakes with God, everybody else who loves me, and all of you. My mistakes are a large part of my testimony. They are critical to my story. Being honest about my mistakes and shortcomings is where the real transformation begins because I can ask for forgiveness (from God and whomever I have wronged) starting from there to do my best to do and better and be a better version of me.

4 comments on “Why Leading With Love + Grace is Important to Me”

    1. Thank you! I love you too. I wouldn’t be anywhere without you teaching me how to get my confidence back when I was in high school.

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