Why Grace Unmeasured?
Kind of a random title for a DIY and decor blog, huh? Ya…I suppose it is pretty random.. 😉 So why on earth would I choose it? Well, for starters, I tend to be a random person in general (just ask the hubs), but it wasn’t just that. When I was picking a title for this blog, I wanted it to be something that truly defined who I am as a person. I know that my taste in style and decor morphs and changes with the ever shifting tide of trends, so I wanted it to be something that would remain consistent with who and what I am, no matter the year or season of my life. And the one thing about me that I know will never change is is the One who changed my life forever–
While I am swept away by the latest design and style pins and grams, He always has and will remain the constant rock and fortress where I can put my ultimate hope and satisfaction. I know that he will be the same yesterday, today and forever. No matter my mood, feelings, or circumstances, He is always who He says He is. I know that I can rest in Him. Be truly satisfied in Him. Put my hope in Him. And I know that in doing so I will never, ever be disappointed.
But that still doesn’t answer the question “Why Grace Unmeasured?”
Well, the cold hard truth is that while God is the same unchanging, perfect being for all of eternity–I am not. Each day I disappoint Him with my thoughts and actions.
EACH and EVERY day I fall short!
God has a perfect standard that I will never in all of my feeble human attempts be able to live up to. I have fallen short of His glory countless times, and I don’t even deserve to be associated with Him. So why am I even trying to seek after and follow him? If I will never be be able to do it perfectly, then why even try?
Because of two words—
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in sin. You are saved by grace!” (Eph. 2:4-5)
There never was and still is nothing that I will ever be able to do to earn true hope and satisfaction–and that is simply because it has already been given to me. It has been given to me in the form of the sacrifice of God’s perfect son, Jesus. When Jesus died on the cross to take the penalty of my sin, and then rose up from the grave to prove His power over death three days later: He provided the means of grace by which I can have a restored relationship with Him. It is by no other means that I can truly and fully fulfill my purpose for existence, and that is to bring glory to my Heavenly Father. By accepting His gift, I have chosen to surrender my life and my will, and I have placed them in the palm of his sovereign hand. Each day, I must choose to trust that His will is vastly better than mine, and that His plans are so much greater than my fleeting wants and wishes. And let me tell you…that is TOUGH!
I will be the first to admit that I am NOT anywhere near perfect in my walk with Christ. As I said earlier, each and every day I fall short of God’s perfect standards for how I should be living. ….and that, my friends, can be incredibly discouraging! But, once again, I must choose to remind myself that I need to rely on the strength and grace of Him, rather than the will of my feeble, sin-cursed self. I know I will never be able to get there on my own! He has promised the strength and grace that I need to get up and press on toward the person He has called me to be. And that, is definitely a promise I can count on.
…but what is grace?
Grace, by definition, is the giving of something good that you or I don’t deserve. I don’t deserve to have a relationship with God, yet out of his grace He has chosen to give me an opportunity to have that relationship with Him.
Each day, I am given abundantly more than what I could ever possibly deserve. I say this not only because I am a sinner deserving nothing but God’s wrath, but also because I have been blessed abundantly in this place in life that I never would have chosen for my self.
Six years ago, I was just a few short months away from my high school graduation. In a sense, I had the world at my fingertips….colleges….careers….men 😉 …ect. I formed a picture in my mind of what my life would look like five years from then….at the age of 23 I would be freshly graduated from college, most likely with some sort of business degree, living in a big city (preferably in the warmer southern half of the US..), starting out my career with a giant rock on my finger displaying the love of some handsome hunk with a brain and a nice chunk of change…… (and can I just say “LOL” to all of this now 🙂 )
Clearly, this was not the same picture God had painted for me.
I am now 24, living in south-eastern Iowa in a town with a population of barely 2,500. I don’t have a degree in business, just one in plain ol’ office administration, and even at that, I don’t currently have a “real job” to show for it. I may have been fortunate enough to marry a handsome hispanic hunk; however, he has chosen to follow God’s calling to be a pastor (for which I am so proud!) so I think its safe to say that we’re not exactly “rollin’ in the dough.” (and believe it or not, this is ok with me 🙂 )
You see, my life has turned out to be nothing like I had expected or hoped, and yet it is STILL hundreds of thousands of times better than I had what I ever could have wished for on my own. By the standards of this world, I should be perceived as a miserable failure…I drive a 2001 Jeep, live in a 1,300 sq. ft. duplex, and I haven’t bought new clothes in over four months (which also happens to be a new personal record, by the way). But God doesn’t see it that way, and neither do I.
By denying me everything that I thought I wanted; He has blessed me with above and beyond all I have ever needed and has given me more joy and blessings then I would have ever thought possible.
During the down time, He has allowed me to discover my love and passion for creativity. While serving at church, He has given the opportunity to shadow incredible Christian saints. Over countless cups of coffee and hours of conversation, He has given me the gift of uplifting, encouraging, and challenging friendships that I couldn’t imagine life without.
…And to think if I had pursued my own way, the chances of any of the above happening in my life would have been slim to none.
I have been given a beautiful home, a loving husband and family, encouraging and selfless friends, an up-lifting church body, clothes on my back and food in my stomach…..but even more than that I have the eternal security of Jesus as my personal Savior. And I don’t deserve a single part of any of it.
This is HIS Grace Unmeasured.