This summer I am helping lead a small group Bible study for some of our college aged summer staff. While a lot of the time we just chat and laugh and stuff our faces with chocolate, we have all also chosen a summer hashtag (because I’m obsessed with hashtagging everything!) to represent an area of focus we feel God is pulling us towards.
I thought for a while about what I wanted my hashtag to be. As a group leader and hashtag extraordinaire it had to be brilliant. Then, as I was mulling some concepts God has been teaching me…it came to me…#SeeGraceBeGrace
God has been working “grace” deep into my soul these past few months. First, what His grace to me means about me. It means I’m poverty stricken without His intervention. I’m a junkie craving more and more of me; squandering my resources to feed the beast of my own pride. I NEED His Grace.
Second, I’m learning to SEE His grace. To see it for what it is, not for what I want it to be. Grace is in my daughter’s laugh…in legs that move…in a cupboard of groceries…in pain that teaches me compassion…in stress that forces me to lean on others. God’s grace is in every moment—if I look for it.
Third I’m learning to BE God’s grace, a channel of kindness and love to chaotic and broken world. I’m still leaning into this one and no where near a finished product…it is HARD for me to be full of grace to others—to extend forgiveness, relationship, and joy to others.
So for example, my Monday was kind of stressful, but I ended it with the determination to deliberately choose a joyful and gracious attitude. I wanted to throw my hands up and say “not my circus, not my monkeys”, but extending grace (especially to the grace-less) makes me more like Jesus. It’s definitely a process…it might be faster if I was smarter, but God is making His grace more real to me everyday. #SeeGraceBeGrace