For several years now, I have desired to either lead a minimalist existence, or a gracious one. With a husband and three-year-old daughter, the first option has been written off as likely impossible. The second, on the other hand, is possible. But what does it mean to live graciously?
According to the dictionary.com entry, gracious means pleasantly kind, benevolent, and courteous. Synonyms include benign, friendly, favorable, polite, tender, clement, mild, and gentle. This is the meaning I’m going with, and that’s the problem with my desire: I am not exactly overflowing with those qualities.
I need to change. I need to change how I view the world, my attitude, my heart.
I found these two websites that had good advice:
I also found Matthew 5, which perfectly describes what I want to become in the Beautitudes. It’ll be a difficult row to hoe, as I think the saying goes, but it will be worth it in the end.
How are you gracious?