Chipped Mugs

This is a picture of a mug from a set that was given to me when I turned 40.  Yes, I know it is hard to imagine, but I passed 40 more than a few years ago.  The set of mugs was given to me by someone very special to me, and I know she put a lot of thought and heart into getting me just the right gift for that special day.
Notice the chip on the lip of the cup?  I wasn’t careful with the mug when I placed it in the sink one day.  Funny, though, I like having the chip there.  I didn’t throw away the whole mug simply because a part of it was damaged.
That’s a lot how God is with us, and how we are expected to be with each other.  During this Lenten season, I’ve had some time to reflect; I do that a lot when I’m drinking my coffee in the morning.  Isn’t it great that God’s grace allows us to be chipped, but still functional?
How I hope that I can demonstrate the same grace with others.  I hope at the end of this Lenten season, I come out with a humbling attitude that can recognize a chip in the mug, forgive the fault that caused it, and have the grace to overlook it when needed.

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