You know that every day is not great, exciting or memorable. You also know that every day can be different because God constantly showers you with life-changing grace that helps you know you are beloved, experience new beginnings and live God’s way. So how do you change your life by getting some of this life-changing grace? You don’t prove it exists and then say, “Okay, I guess I’m in.” You trust God, accept it as a gift and discover how God’s life-changing grace becomes more real the more you live every moment in it.
Thank You for creating me to live in relationship with You. Providing me with all I need for abundant life. Sharing Your vision of what You want my life to be. Giving me a unique purpose to embrace. Forgiving me when I hurt You, others and myself. Healing me when I am broken. Loving me unconditionally in spite of what I do. And never ever giving up on me.
What You do over and over and over again is truly a gift of grace. Mysterious, eternal and amazing grace. May I be so grateful, transformed and hungry that I have to share it. With real people in real ways in real life. I love You, Lord, how I love You. And I will thank You today, tomorrow and for all eternity.
I pray this in Jesus’ name – Amen.
It’s easy to be joyful when life is good. Hopeful when all is well. Or praise God when you feel spiritual. But is it possible to experience joy when you’re devastated by a tragedy? Have hope when bad thing after bad thing overwhelms you? Or praise God when you feel utterly alone? Indeed! God’s loving presence is always more powerful than whatever you’re experiencing. So be joyful today because God loves you. Have hope because God is working in your life. Praise God because nothing can ever separate you from God’s love in Jesus Christ.
It may be an idea that’s been nagging you or just popped into your mind. It may be easy to accomplish or a challenge that will test you. It may excite you or fill you with dread. But there can be no doubt what it is. It’s something God is calling you to do. And when you do, you’ll experience the power of God in real ways in real life through real people. You’ll be amazed. You’ll be grateful. But most of all, you’ll know you wouldn’t have it any other way.
Whom do you see when your spouse walks up, you stare at a newborn or you look in the eyes of a dying family member? You see a child of God. But is that still true as you watch a racist spew hatred, stare at a passed-out addict or look at that bully who’s shamed your teenager’s? It actually is. Not because they deserve it, but because God calls them beloved. This amazing grace has major implications for you. God wants you to start seeing every single person in a new way – through God’s eyes.
Loving God may be your goal, but actually doing it means making a commitment to go all in. Like praising God because of who God is, instead of what you can get out of it. Listening to God, instead of talking all the time. Inviting God to transform you, instead of simply doing your bidding. And sacrificing for others, instead of making it all about you. Sure, you’ll fall short. A lot. Which is why it’s important to remember that all God really wants is that you love God more today than you did yesterday.