I feel like I need to start this with a little disclaimer. We all know life is not giggles and roses, although we’d love for it to be. Me especially. And there are many a blog out there where your going to get that. But this, is not one of them. I want people in my life who can get real with me, and not pretend that they’re perfect, or their families are perfect, because we all know it isn’t true. And we just traipse through the mud together, holding each other’s hands, no matter how dirty or tired we get. And because of that, I’m going to always be real here.

Ok, that said, I’ve gotten my feelings hurt. In 2 totally different relationships. And I’m honestly trying to figure out exactly how I should handle it. My initial response is to jump on my high horse, and make my totally right point known. On the other hand, I want to say nothing, back away, and leave the other person wondering what happened. Part of the problem is I feel like I’m a little misunderstood. Like unfair expectations have been placed on me. And while I’d love to be that person I’m expected to be, at this point in my life, there is no way I can be.

I’m afraid the theme of 2011 has become for me the simple word “grace”. I’m realizing I need a whole lot of it. And realizing I need to extend it in return.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Cristina says:

    “We want justice for others and grace for ourselves.” I try to remember this often…especially when I am the one who deserves justice and not grace. Our model is MORE grace regardless of our behavior. In all honesty, I believe the only expectation you should pay attention to is that of Christ: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” I love that you have a “word” for the year. Mine is “submission.” ☺


  2. Tom Eckert says:

    Amy, I am so sorry that you are walking through this situation right now. I will pray for you. “grace” is an incredible word and action. I only wish that I could say that I have always extended it. To think that God has extended such incredible grace to me not only once but many times over sets a high standard to live by. Thanks for your post today. Blessings, Bethany


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