March 3, 2011 § 8 Comments
I used to know a lot more than I do now.
I had the best opinions about everything. I knew how to solve complicated problems because I was right.
I was going to be President. It would be easy, I already had all the answers.
I didn’t have experience, but I didn’t need it. I had a great imagination and logic.
I was smart once, but I also missed out on some things.
I didn’t realize how much grace I really needed. I lost sight of mercy in the pride that I “figured out” that I needed Christ. Somehow I saw that I needed Christ “back then,” before I asked Him to be my Savior, but then I had it handled from there.
I would put on a self-righteous smug smile and say I loved the lost, but in reality I found them less intelligent than me.
I never stopped to consider their backgrounds and experiences that could drive them away from Christ. I never considered that grace was the answer. Instead I spewed judgment. I was right and they were wrong.
It took me many years to discover it wasn’t judgment that brings others to Christ it is grace. Romans 2:4 says, “Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?”
Grace and kindness lead us to the cross. Getting a glimpse of the depth of God’s grace, the magnitude of His kindness draws me to Him. Swimming in the sea of His kindness and grace is where I find a deep and abiding love for Him.
The more I realize the depth of my need, the more His grace and kindness grow. The larger His grace and kindness, the larger my love for Him. The more I love Him the more I desire to obey His commands.
His ways are upside-down, inside-out and topsy-turvy in our society of personal rights. He even told us in 2 Cor 1:27 that, “…God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
I was smart, once. Now I am a humbled, grace covered, child of God. I hope as I swim in God’s sea of grace, I fall more in love with Him and that my love with be contagious. I know I have said it before, but knowing I am in desperate need of graces frees me to extend grace to others. The more I swim in that ocean of God’s grace, the easier it is for me to live a life of grace.
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March 30, 2010 § Leave a comment
Here is a poem I wrote dated 6-20-2002
You cried for me that day.
You cried for my waywardness.
You cried for my pain.
You thought of me and You cried.
You prayed for me that day.
You prayed for strength.
You prayed against temptation.
You thought of me and You prayed.
You died for me that day.
You died for my sins.
You died for my freedom.
You thought of me and You died.
You rose for me that day.
You rose for victory.
You rose for reconciliation.
You thought of me and You rose.
You ascended for me that day.
You ascended to prepare for me.
You ascended to send Your Spirit.
You thought of me and You ascended.