GO Mercy is not my favorite word.
Let me rephrase that. Giving mercy to others is not my favorite.
I'm a big proponent of justice. Actions have consequences. The law of sowing and reaping is a "thing" for a reason.
Why should other people be let off the hook for their bad choices? Follow that to the logical conclusion: there is anarchy, lots of noise, and everything is on fire.
I may be a black and white thinker with a flare for the dramatic. I don't know.
Another thing, at first glance, extending mercy seems weak. The easy way out.
It is the banner you wave to make yourself feel better when you can't be bothered to do well.
I know what you're thinking. My poor friends and family.
I do know the Truth. Whether we know it or not, like it or not, we are all 100% reliant on God's mercy. Even me. I do recognize that am a hot mess.
When a person is consumed with perfectionistic tendancies, (like me) they can begin to think they've arrived. After all, if I set the standard for perfection, it is likely I will meet it.
My kids won't.
My husband can't.
You're not even close.
Throw mercy into the mix? It makes an already bad situation worse. What we need to power through this day is strength, not weakness.
As a recovering perfectionist, I have learned that root of perfectionism is fear.
And giving mercy is a frightening concept for a fearful person.
Won't that make people act worse? Doesn't that almost guarantee I will get hurt?
Maybe these words can serve as an eye opener for you if you have someone in your life who does not often extend mercy. Tyranny isn't their end game. They probably just want things to go well. They are simply going about it the wrong way.
I think I'm making progress this year. I've been sensing some softening in my 3-sizes-too-small heart. Part of the issue is I've been like this as long as I can remember. Where do you even start? What does mercy look like? How much is too much?
I don't know for sure but I'm on the lookout for opportunities to give it daily. STOP
This was written in five minutes for Five Minute Friday over at Lisa-Jo Baker's place. Hundreds of people link up every Friday to write for five minutes about her one word prompt. You should totally check it out (or try your hand at it)!
Also, the slug picture, I have no idea what that's about. I googled "Mercy" and that's what popped up. You get ten points if you can find a connection. My five minutes is up.