Grace and truth – great ingredients
If you own or run a business or service, there are a couple of things you need that you won’t find at the office or home improvements stores. Grace and truth. Yep, they’re more important than that five handle, lumbar supporting desk chair. More important than the latest tools, treasures, and trinkets you might be eyeballing. And even more important than your iPhone or Android device. (gasp!) Without grace and truth, all the rest of those things are just rust and dust. Do I have your attention? Read on…
Yes, I’m a Christian…in fact, if you look real close at the picture above, you’ll see a Bible reference in the lower right hand corner of the blue square. But, if you’re not a Christian, this all still applies. That’s because it’s true. And truth always applies…regardless of how anyone feels about it. So, why do I say you need grace and truth for success?
First, I’ll talk about grace…
I’m not talking about ballerina grace. Or the graceful flight of an eagle. Those are nice, but the kind of grace you need, to be successful, is what I call “allowance grace”. In other words, you allow others their faults or shortcomings. And you even allow them to show you things you didn’t already know. Even if you don’t always agree. That kind of grace takes stress off you. It allows you to focus on what you’re good at and quit trying to fix everything and everybody. Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes other people need fixing, and they might even need your help. But having a deep and abiding grace means you won’t be butting your nose in where it isn’t wanted or needed.
Now…what about truth?
I’m sure you’ve heard someone say something like, “Well, if it’s true for you, then it’s true.” Or maybe you’ve even heard someone say, “There is no absolute truth.” When they say that, ask them if it’s absolutely true? The main point to remember about truth is that it DOES exist. There are some things that simply ARE true. Knowing truth exists…I mean knowing without a single doubt in your mind…is powerful. It gives you a firm foundation for life. Even if you’re not a Christian, I know you’ve heard this phrase: “the truth will make (or set) you free“. Nothing could be truer.
Knowing there are truths you can depend on gives you an advantage over a moral relativist. It makes you someone others can depend on. They’ll know your word is your bond. You won’t be some fly-by-night shyster who says whatever needs to be said to separate “a fool from his money”.
Here’s where the “magic” happens.
Combine grace and truth, and you’ve got the one-two punch over your competitors. The embodiment of grace and truth is Jesus. Again…you don’t have to agree with my worldview or theology, but you won’t find anyone else in history who so perfectly portrayed grace and truth. And He said if you trust in Him, you’ll live forever. If you don’t, you’ll merely exist forever…in a place you’ll always regret. That’s when, like I said before, all your things are just rust and dust.
So which one will you get to work on first? Grace? Or truth? My guess is, when you begin to work on one, the other will seamlessly fall into place. I’m pulling and praying for you.
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