Do you ever find yourself frustrated with all of the noise and chaos in our culture? It seems like a constant rat race to the bottom of social media, in politics and in news and media. It is as if every belief or opinion someone has is attacked and called “evil” by anyone who does not hold the same belief.
I recently listened to the David Dilemma by Chris Hodges and he referred to what he called “The Highest Standard and the Deepest Grace”. The number one question was how do we stand for the truth without compromise (the highest standard) and show unconditional love to everyone at the same time (Deepest Grace).
Let’s look at both personal and professional perspectives when we think about this:
If you own a company, or lead a group of people, the worst thing that you can do is have no standards and no grace. If you do not have standards then people do not know what to do and what is expected of them, and if you have no grace, then people are constantly in trouble.
As a leader, one of our primary roles is to grow and develop our people. This is absolutely critical!! The higher the standard, the more room for growth. The deeper the grace, the more room for growth. People are inspired by high standards and people need grace because no one is perfect.
Now, let’s look at it from the personal side. If you want to grow as a person in every area of your life then you need to set your standards high, otherwise you will have no reason to grow. You also have to give yourself grace, because you WILL fall short, you WILL fail, and you will mess up from time to time. Grace is that forgiveness that allows you to drop the weight that is keeping you from climbing higher.
What do you do when someone challenges the High Standard that you have set? You start by extending to them the Deepest Grace. When you accept them and come from a place of love it does not mean that you are compromising your High Standard or approving of their standard. Grace just goes a long way to building bridges and allowing for growth to occur.