Friday, February 1, 2013

Super Grace

Sunday is "Super Bowl Sunday." The Super Bowl has record TV viewership. A lot that happens around it is high and high priced or we might say super - TV ads, food consumption, airfares, admission price, etc. Come this Sunday, the best of the best will compete in a football game. It's not just any game.

What some people forget, even in the midst of the discussion as to whether or not it's a dangerous sport, is that excellence comes with a price. It takes time, hard work, repetitive exercises, some failure and . . . you get the picture.

Sometimes in our instant world, we forget.that excellence and perfection take time. They take learning, trial and error, repetition. We forget and our teens pay the price when we ask for more than they are able to give because they are still learning. No. They haven't mastered scheduling yet. No. They do not have the same maturity of judgement as we expect of adults. We can go on. And, yes. They will make mistakes.

At other times, it's the teens who set the bar too high for themselves. They become frustrated when they do not gain competence in a skill or sport easily. They give up too quickly. They are unnecessarily hard on themselves when they make a mistake. They feel immense pressure when they do not meet someone else's unrealistic expectations.

How can we help? How can we set a standard while at the same time remembering where they are developmentally, correcting when they go wrong and helping them up when they fall, applauding their efforts and celebrating their successes with compassion? How can we mediate grace, God's grace which is abundant, and dare we say, super?

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