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Reminder of Grace.
For those of you that do not personally know me, I have a confession. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. I am not the kind of person that can hide frustration, tension, or anger very often. Whatever emotion I am feeling, a complete stranger could probably pick out and describe to near perfection. If I am at an event, a party, gathering etc... and I don't want to be there, it is usually immediately obvious that I don't want to be. Don't be mistaken that it is all negative however. If I am a fountain of joy, you better believe most everyone around knows it as well. You should have seen me when we walked for the first time into the amazing studio that we recorded our newest album. That is me. That is who I am. I would make a terrible poker player.
So as a result, it's extremely difficult for me to show Grace, love, patience, kindness... you know, all of those fruits when I absolutely don't feel like it. It is literally a fight. I have to struggle with such intensity to show forgiveness when I feel I am wronged. I grind my teeth with utter frustration when having to show Grace when someone errors at a task, or royally FAILS! I wonder how others react when I do the same to them? Hmm.
Today I was challenged by a long time friend and employer to show grace even in the most difficult circumstances. I work for a graphics company on the side of For A Season, and most certainly run into the oddest, and brashest of characters on a fairly regular basis. I've been cursed at, screamed at, and worst of all... made to use Comic Sans and Papyrus fonts when I absolutely knew that it was the Lords will not to. Bottom line is... how do you treat others when you are wronged. My employer brought up a good point to me.. He said... "Patrick, I know exactly when you and a customer don't get along. You will go the extra mile for someone that sees eye to eye with you, and do just what needs done to get them out of your hair when they are people in need of Grace." Wow... Ouch. I know that I am transparent, but was it that obvious that I want nothing to do with those that offend me.. or at the very least inconvenience me?
Grace... I speak on this a lot. But it is so vital. One of the greatest characteristics of Christ himself was Grace. Infinite Grace. But how often do I have to scrape the bottom of my barrel for the most meager portion to give. I told you I wear my heart on my sleeve. With that honesty comes this. I am terrible at pouring out Grace. I can hardly trickle out Grace.
Then Peter came and said to Him, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. -Matthew 18:21-22
This was a huge challenge for me to see this week. I feel I have been wronged innumerable times in the last few days. But.... Grace. For how often do I wrong others and desire the greatest amount of Grace from them? How do you show Grace?
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For A Season