Leading With Grace…

Wednesday Wisdom ๐Ÿ™‚


Inspiration for this week comes from Paul’s letter to Colossians 3: 12-14

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”


When you look in the mirror what do you see? What story do your eyes tell? Do you see love, humility, mercy and gentle strength? Or, do your eyes tell a different tale?

My favorite farmer has a keepsake from his years as a wrestler. It was a gift from his coach, and we still have it in our house. It’s a frame that includes pictures of the District Champs Haymaker wrestling team, as well as a poem entitled “The Man in the Glass”. Coach Bonesteel followed the poem with his own thoughts:

“The meaning is that we must make the best of the ability God has given us. We have to do the things that are right rather than those that make us look good or make us popular. When all is said and done each day and we put our head on the pillow, it’s just us and God, and we can’t fool either one.”

I’ve never met Coach Bonesteel, but he left a lasting impression on my husband. Matt did not find his greatest athletic victories on the wrestling mat, but I think he’d tell you that he learned more in his time wrestling than any other athletic experience. It made him a better athlete and (more importantly) it made him a better human ๐Ÿ™‚


A big ‘thank you’ to Katie Arndt for the picture!

The next couple of weeks are big weeks for my favorite blonde cowgirl. They will not unfold in the way we originally intended, but they still mark an important time that reveals her heart and her character. Tomorrow was to be the District Track Meet, Saturday – high school graduation, and the following week the Nebraska State Track Championships. None of these events will occur, just as all seniors across the country have been called to end their high school careers without the traditional sense of closure. At Meg’s request, we’ve taken down the high school calendar that hangs on the wall in the kitchen, and we jokingly harass her about writing the graduation speech (due Friday) that she hopes to be able to give in person on August 1st.

To casually talk to her, you’d never know the disappointment that lies deep in her heart or the fear that threatens to take hold when she thinks about the future. She stubbornly clings to hope and covers up the hurt with her own blend of sunshine and sass. As her mom, I know that the loss of fellowship with classmates, teachers, teammates, coaches and church family is both tangible and heartbreaking. I see it weigh her down, but I watch as she resolutely chooses to cling to Grace.

As I read Coach Bonesteel’s poem and the above verses from Colossians, I envision Meg standing in front of her mirror – tears falling down her face – alternately asking God “why” while also imploring Him to exchange the frustration, disappointment and fear with a cloak of tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. She knows that at the end of the day, it’s just her and God, and that she can’t fool either one. Her eyes tell a meaningful story.

And, she inspires me as she believes, loves and leads with Grace.


*My thoughts, prayers, and support go out to all of the high school seniors who give of themselves to provide a solid foundation for our country as they choose to endure with faith and lead with Grace ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for clothing yourselves in love to help us bind together in harmony!

 

 

 

 

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8 responses to “Leading With Grace…

  1. Ty Wilson

    Thanks Anne! Iโ€™ve got a Senior this year too, so I know this story well. Hope you all are doing well.

    • Hi Ty! It’s so good to hear from you ๐Ÿ™‚ Best wishes to you and your family. Thanks so much for the note and the thoughts.

      Best,
      Anne

  2. Pastor Becky

    What a wonderful tribute to all seniors. As always, Anne, you have nailed it! The essence is there but so is the love and concern! Thank you!

    • Thank you Pastor Becky! I appreciate the note and support ๐Ÿ™‚ Take care, and I hope to catch up with you and your family sometime soon.

      Best,
      Anne

  3. Roger Hunt

    I too feel badly for all the 2020 graduates. Although it’s been years ago now, I vividly remember my graduation and what a happy time it was. These graduates have an unusual opportunity to take this experience to chart a course to a better more meaningful world. May God bless them all with the wisdom and knowledge that they will need.

    Love Meg’s picture! It looks familiar. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you, Roger! Yes, I think the picture is a favorite of both of ours ๐Ÿ™‚ Our family appreciates your love and support.

      Take care and enjoy your family and farm this beautiful summer season!
      Best,
      Anne

  4. Carol Ingram

    I love the picture of Meg and Magnum! That’s a really beautiful dress! Meg, you may not be attending the graduation ceremony as planned or bringing home the win you’d hoped for at State Track, but you’ve graduated and won nevertheless. I love the beautiful woman you have become!

    • So good to hear from you, Carol! Thank you for all of your love and support ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope that Wyoming is treating you well. I enjoy following Tehya on facebook and hope to see you all again someday.

      Take care,
      Anne

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