Looking at Grace
The steady rhythms of grace come in many different forms. From a smiling stranger to unexplained acts of generosity, sometimes a simple change of heart. Grace is given in abundance when we look through the filtered eyes of eternity. As I gathered verses and quotes of inspiration for the month of January, I kept seeing repeating themes of grace:
- Grace is powerful.
- Grace is a gift.
- Grace can not be earned.
- Grace is not received because of anything we say or do.
A few years ago, I received two little decorative squirrels from a white elephant gift exchange we had for youth group leaders. I was actually quite fond of my new squirrels and found places in my home for them to hangout. They certainly add a touch of whimsy to my decor but really, they are reminders of the people I do ministry with at church. The other day as I was dusting, I noticed one of the squirrels had lost a foot. He stands there on his shelf broken leg and all. Even though he is broken, his value has not changed in my eyes. He still stands as a reminder of the people and ministry I get to be a part of.
We're all little, shiny squirrels if you think about it. We are a gift to the world from the Creator. We are all created to bring something special into the world. And like my little squirrel, we've all been beaten up a bit in some way or another. Yet, here we are, still standing with a unique purpose that only we can fulfill. Grace is what gives us the confidence to let go of whatever caused us to break and move forward (even if we're barely standing). That is the power of grace.
Once we've been touched by the hand of grace, undeserved and unearned, we can't hold onto it! God is ready to keep overwhelming us with his blessings so, there is no need to cling to what we've received. We have to sprinkle grace all around. Extending the grace we've been given onto others is the divine power of God working through us.
Where have you seen the power of grace in your life? Who have you extended grace to recently?