What is grace, really?
Simply, it’s unmerited favor.
Good things, undeserved.
The baby miraculously sleeps in on the day you’re extra tired.
The boss didn’t even check his email when you missed the deadline.
The classroom full of child terrors behaved amazingly the day you felt sick but still went to work.
The good stuff that you don’t really do anything for, big or small.
Probably, some of you are thinking “ugh!” because grace is one of those words that’s often thrown around in religious circles.
But, whether you are religious or not, you are experiencing grace in some way on a day to day basis.
I often find myself mistakenly wishing I could muster up some more feelings of grace to distribute to my kids. The error in that is the idea that grace is a feeling. Or something we can muster. Sure, you might temporarily be able to will yourself to be nice to someone who is rude, to rise above, or go the extra mile.
But without a source to draw from, your cup of grace for others will soon empty.
I heard an Indian proverb quoted on the radio the other day, something to the effect of: “You know what you’re full of by what spills out when you get bumped.” The image here is a woman walking through town with a jug of water on her head. Were she to get bumped, a little water would spill out, revealing what was in the jug.
So, when you get bumped, what spills out?
In order to spill out grace, the proverbial water jug on our heads need be filled to the brim with grace. John 1:16 says that “from the abundance of Jesus we have all received grace upon grace” or “one gracious blessing after another.”
I wonder if you looked closely at your life, would you see grace on display in your day-to-day life? In the midst of the imperfections and hard knocks and bumps and bruises, in the midst of the tears and sickness and death that is part of this world, there is also grace.
Sometimes grace is found in the small things.
Maybe it’s a card in the mail at just the right time.
A small gift that was exactly what you needed.
A dandelion picked by your toddler.
And sometimes in the big things.
The “good call” from the doctor.
The job you didn’t think you’d get.
Not getting the job you thought you deserved… only to find out a better job was waiting for you.
And always, grace is found in Jesus.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights who does not change like the shifting shadows. (James 1:17)
Find some grace in your life today. Think about it. Thank God for it and let your cup fill to the brim with grace upon grace.