Daily Devotional for June 24, 2021

Because of the pandemic, I have repeatedly sterilized my hands with sanitizer.  But using this much sanitizer for over a year has its drawback.  While I have become a germ-free zone, I have noticed the hand sanitizer is tearing up the skin on my fingers.  It has become especially uncomfortable around my ring finger.

Yesterday, I asked Shannon if it was alright if I didn’t wear my wedding ring so the sore on my finger could heal.  She enthusiastically agreed.  In fact, she was almost giddy.

This got me thinking.

First, I wear a wedding ring to prove to all my friends there is someone in this world foolish enough to marry me. 

Second, and much more importantly, I wear a wedding ring as a personal reminder and a sign to the world that I have made a promise to love, honor, and cherish Shannon for the rest of my life. 

The wedding ring shows I am all in. 

Having said that, being married is not always easy.

While I am pretty much the poster child of what it means to be a perfect spouse, there are times when Shannon can be a little difficult.  But because I choose to err on the side of grace, our marriage continues to thrive and be the beautiful union that God wants.

This is a good way to address life.

In those moments when someone is punching your buttons, err on the side of grace. 

It won’t always be easy.  But remember, God has shown us grace, and God expects us to show grace to others – even obnoxious, self-consumed husbands.

Grace is what matters most.  It puts everything in its proper perspective.

When Paul is complaining about his life, God says, “My grace is sufficient for you…”  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

So today, choose to be a person of grace.  You will be glad you did.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, thank you for your healing grace.  In this harsh, unforgiving world, help me to be a person of grace.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

I believe with all my heart being a person of grace is the best way to live. 

Also, just for the record, when Shannon reads this devotional, I will remind her that she needs to err on the side of grace.  Pray for me.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins