I grew up in a Christian home and went to church all my life. I had always heard of the word “grace”, but being the Elementary Club Director I have had lots of opportunities to practice it. I believe that even as adults we can learn something new every day. And I am so thankful for all the lessons that my kids are teaching me each week.
One night at club I had my 3rd-5th grade boys and girls together and the lesson was on community and how we can be a community through the body of Christ. I had a game for them that allowed them to work as a team and each person had a role. It could not be done by just a few of them. I tied 6 pieces of string to a rubber band and each child would hold one string. To win the game the team had to stack cups into a pyramid, but they could only use their rubber band tied to strings to accomplish this task.
I split them up into two teams and made it a fun friendly competition. The one team was doing a great job with staying patient and not getting frustrated. They worked well as a team. While the other team was rushing and not working together. If you would knock a cup over you had to pick it up with the rubber band (which is challenging). So the team that was struggling repeatedly knocked over their cups so I told them that they can pick a cup up with their hands. I then said I was showing them grace.
Well a few minutes later this same team knocked another cup down and they looked at me and said, “can we pick it back up?” My answer was no, and one boy said “please can you give us more grace?”. Well of course hearing him say that I laughed and had to say yes.
That may be a funny story to you, but to me it was a huge life lesson. Being with these kids daily and being a part of their lives is something I am thankful for every day. We can all use a little more grace in our lives!