One of the greatest responsibilities we have is to lead ourselves well. Being aware of our own emotions, those of the people around us and finding ways to focus on the good that exists is a key part of this process. Focusing our mind on what is good, leads to a clearer perspective and action that then leads to a positive outlook which positions us to act for a better future. By disciplining ourselves to ask and answer the question, “what is good?”, we learn to appreciate and see those things that we may be blind to or take for granted. We set hope free and can identify the next small step forward.
Seeing ourselves and others as less than perfect, but as equally loved parts of His creation, opens our lives to seeing the power that God’s grace can bring into our lives. We can leave self, guilt, disappointment and frustration at the foot of the cross and free our minds to focus on the good that exists around us and within us and be grateful for it. An identity strengthened by God’s grace is hope filled and growth oriented.
I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where
we are but does not leave us where it found us. – Anne Lamott