Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Graciousness”
Our Bible verse for today: “Let your graciousness be known to everyone.” Philippians 4:5 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Graciousness, like ungraciousness, is contagious.”
In his book “What’s so Amazing about Grace?” Philip Yancey tells the story of a family that was plagued by generational ungraciousness. It started with the father of a young girl by the name of Daisy in the early 1900s. He was a tyrannical alcoholic who was merciless in his physical and verbal abuse. Daisy hated him and swore she would never be like him.
She wasn’t, in that she never touched a drop of alcohol in her life. But sadly she was like him in her tyrannical attitude towards her own family. Daisy grew into a tense, depressed, and easily agitated woman who was complaining and critical – especially towards her children. Daisy’s daughter Margret was especially impacted by that treatment. She disliked her mother and resented the way her mother treated her. But as is so often the case, she ended up becoming just like her – tense, depressed, and very critical. In the late 1960s, when Margret’s son Michael became a hippy, Margret complained about his lifestyle and criticized him without mercy, until she finally drove him away. He was in his late teens when that happened and they never did restore the relationship. So in that family there were four generations infected by the spirit of ungraciousness and it continued to spread.
Yancey writes, “Like a spiritual defect encoded in the family DNA, ungrace gets passed on in an unbroken chain. Ungrace does its work quietly and lethally, like a poisonous, undetectable gas.”
Graciousness, and ungraciousness, are both contagious and are easily passed along to those closest to us – especially to young children. Our own attitude and demeanor has more of an impact on the people around us than we realize. Very often those closest to you will in time begin to reflect elements of your personality. Don’t allow an attitude of ungraciousness to be your legacy. If you are somewhere in the daisy-chain of a heritage of ungrace, you can be the one who breaks the chain and stops the spread of that spiritual defect.
Graciousness is a powerful force for good and can have a great impact on those around you. Likewise, ungraciousness is a terrible force for evil and can do great damage. I urge you to choose grace.