New Year :: New Grace
Hey there! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂 I decided to try something new this new year. Several of the bloggers I follow like to pick a simple word or phrase to focus on for each year, and I thought this was a terrific idea!
So…my own word for 2016 is…
Grace :: n. free and unmerited favor
I chose grace for several reasons. (None of which actually have anything to do with the fact that the name of my blog is “Grace Unmeasured.” But I do find the whole situation rather ironic and iconic.) I have always been one to write down goals and resolutions at the beginning of new chapters, but I especially liked the concept of choosing one word because it gives a certain amount of focus that can be implemented into all areas of life without having to track a list of a hundred different goals for each category of a day-to-day routine. (A giant list which I still made, by the way (don’t judge), but this definitely helps simplify and solidify a focus in my mental state. :))
While my reasons for this choice are many, I’ll just share a couple that I believe best sum up the jumbo pile of somewhat in-cohesive thoughts floating around inside my skull.
1. I need grace.
Anyone who has had any sort of contact with me for any amount of time could easily testify to this statement. I am a sorry sinner in desperate need of a Savior.
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace” – Ephesians 1:8
No matter how many goals I set and how hard I try, I realized that I will never be perfect. A perfect woman. A perfect wife. A perfect friend. A perfect daughter. A perfect role model. Even though my perfectionistic mindset dreams of perfection, it is not anywhere close to being a reality in my foreseeable future. I am shown an abundant measure of grace day in and day out by both my Savior, Jesus Christ, and by those around me. While I have been called to live a life of holiness, I will never be able to do it on my own. I need the strength and aid of the Holy Spirit and the grace of Jesus Christ. My actions merit no favor from anyone, yet, I am shown forgiveness and unconditional love each and every day. Which leads me to my next reason:
2. I am commanded to give grace.
As a child of God, I have been commanded to show grace to those around me, just as grace has been shown to me. This doesn’t mean I don’t see sin or that I don’t believe in discipline and consequences, it simply means that I choose to biblically love and forgive others. (Which is a lot easier to type out in a blog post than to actually do, by the way.) I don’t treat them in response to their sin or shortcomings of my personal standards, I treat them as a beloved creation of God. Practically speaking, this means that each time I am tempted to lash out, or “return the favor” so-to-speak, I must stop and ask myself if I am choosing to show grace, or justified human wrath. Relationships only work if grace works. This means I must choose to give grace day after day, just as it has been given to me.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” – John 13:34
Bottom line is this: Am I giving and accepting God’s grace? Am I so focused on my tiny world, that I am forgetting His eternal perspective? I know that I will never be able to give grace on my own, but because He has given it to me, I can give it to others. Thank you, Jesus, for this gift.
What will your word be for this year? I’d love to hear about it and why you chose it! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Facebook (Grace Unmeasured Blog) or Instagram (@graceunmeasuredblog). Have a wonderful day, friends!
Oh, and Happy New Year!