“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” (John 1:16 ESV)
Many think Grace has limits, that there’s a line we can cross into no more Grace-land. Not so! We never run out of grace. When we exit one season of Grace, we simply enter the next season of Grace. His Grace is forever! It’s not… “Grace, but…” It’s… “But Grace!” Goodness and mercy constantly pursue us, sweeping away the littered trail of our mistakes (Psalms 23:6). I believe we can have a truly happy new year when we stop reliving the past year and move forward with hope and expectation.
At the turn of this new year, I have been reflecting on the many times God’s grace was greater than my flubs, dubs, stubs, scrubs, and snubs…
The Flubs - For fumbling the ball. For allowing myself to take on more than what God called me to. For embracing drama not intended for me. For the times I wasted not investing in things of true value. For all the mess-ups and mishaps… There was Grace.
The Dubs - For trusting in my own intuition and ingenuity. For taking something simple and complicating it, spoiling the outcome. For thinking I had all the answers. For believing I could do all things through Tony who strengthens me… There was Grace.
The Stubs - For the obstacles I stumbled over. For wrong decisions and broken relationships. For the hurt I caused others and myself. For holding onto offenses and refusing to forgive. For all the bumps and bruises, scrapes and scratches… There was Grace
The Scrubs - For trying to clean up the mess and only making it worse. For not giving God time and space to work things out for my good. For trying to manipulate the situation in my favor. For trying to fix things and instead they “fixed” me… There was Grace
The Snubs - For my pride. For sneering at opportunities God gave me because they didn’t look like the ones I asked Him for. For refusing to listen to wisdom. For my know-it-all attitude. For devaluing others and being devalued. For being rejected… There was Grace
Prayer… Thank you Lord for taking my hangups and bang-ups and turning them around for my good. Your Grace has even used my failures to promote me (Romans 8:28). Your undeserved favor has brought me into high and wide open spaces. Your Grace is greater than all my sin. I will not fear what my mistakes have caused. I’m grateful that ALL is forgiven! When I am faithless You remain faithful (2 Timothy 2:13). My future is bright! My successes are not because of my hard work, striving, networking, or politicking. They are all because of You… and Grace upon Grace.