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Give Grace to Grow


It’s a beautiful word. I use it a lot in health care – to talk about professionals in their work in addition to encouraging professionals as they learn. We live and work in an immediate culture. We have to have and do and be everything – all at once – now. It seems as though there is little to no time given to individuals to learn these days, and I mean this as an expectation from both the teacher/supervisor as well as the learner. We set unrealistic expectations of ourselves and demand that we know everything on day one.

I know because I am the same way.

I picked up a phrase, a philosophy, really, from my brother-in-law, a pastor, about a decade ago. He always used to say, “Give people grace to grow,” meaning we all make mistakes, and we all learn from our mistakes; allow people to have time to make mistakes and learn from them. This has deep spiritual meaning for me in the workplace – in health care – today, and I frequently tell this to team members as they are orienting or learning a new system or process. I whisper it to myself at times, as well.

Grace to grow. Grace to grow. Grace to grow. 

Growth takes time; growth takes patience; growth takes grace. Provide your life with some space – some grace…to grow.

4 thoughts on “Give Grace to Grow

  1. So right on, Joni. Healthcare is a whirlwind of immediateness that can make one feel that they can never keep up. As soon as we learn a new skill we are getting presented with an even newer way of how to do something. Where does it end?

    Your mantra, ‘Grace to Grow’ is beautiful. It can remind us to stay present to the moment at hand and allows the space and time for processing and development. Thank you for sharing this with us here!

  2. One of my favorite “authors”, Bono, has the great phrase, “Grace finds beauty in everything.” This has been my mantra since I first heard it. When you hear truth, you must note it.
    Thank you for your words.

  3. my favorite quote:

    to live with the conscious knowledge of the shadow of uncertainty, with the knowledge that disaster or tragedy could strike at any time; to be afraid and to know and acknowledge your fear, and still to live creatively and with unstinting love: that is to live with grace.
    -peter henry abrahams

    1. Lovely!

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