There’s nothing more refreshing than a gracious person. I have spent the past two days playing golf with pastors of very large churches at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fl. And for those of us who have to work hard and can’t play golf regularly (I’m just bitter because of the sad state of my golf game), a gracious partner during a round is truly a gift. During this trip, I have been fortunate to play with gracious men. They were kind, encouraging, and allowed me to bend the rules of golf, which if you’re not aware, are many. (I’m convinced that golf rules were written by the Pharisees.) But as I enjoyed being the recipient of such grace, I have reflected over my own past. I’m not sure I have always been a gracious person. As as matter of fact, I’m not sure I am one today.
The question today is a simple one: What makes someone a gracious person? Consider these:
A gracious person is accommodating. Often they will inconvenience themselves to make others comfortable.
A gracious person minimizes consequences. How upset would you be if someone dragged mud through the house and stain your favorite rug or spilled coffee on your favorite shirt? They will make you feel ok when you know you have screwed up.
A gracious person engages. They can listen intently while someone goes on and on about something trivial or uninteresting
A gracious person shares. It’s their last cookie or protein bar but they’ll break it in half and share it with you before you even ask. But they also share their home, their resources and their hearts with those around them.
I can’t speak for you or anyone else, but I’m pretty convicted about being more gracious. It’s always easy for me to be on the receiving end of grace, I’m not proud to say.
What other attributes is the list missing? Who is the most gracious person you know?