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Your Grace Finds Me

Running and parenting have opened my eyes in so many ways. There are so many joys that come along with challenges in life, but often to reach the joy we must accept grace.

The very definition of grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

Grace is something I usually feel I do not deserve.  In fact, this is the third attempt at writing this post, because of technical difficulties.  The first time, I wrote the whole draft and didn’t save, before my daughter figured out how to delete it with just a few clicks.  The second attempt was thwarted when I exited out of a window of my new computer, not realizing I had exited it, once again without saving. Both times, I got extremely frustrated with myself for not saving the document, and then for not remembering what I had written in either draft (at least not enough to draft a clear thought without chasing rabbits I didn’t have the time to chase.)  p94_orig

Running and parenting have opened my eyes in so many ways. There are so many joys that come along with challenges in life, but often to reach the joy we must accept grace.

The very definition of grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

Grace is something I usually feel I do not deserve.  In fact, this is the third attempt at writing this post, because of technical difficulties.  The first time, I wrote the whole draft and didn’t save, before my daughter figured out how to delete it with just a few clicks.  The second attempt was thwarted when I exited out of a window of my new computer, not realizing I had exited it, once again without saving. Both times, I got extremely frustrated with myself for not saving the document, and then for not remembering what I had written in either draft (at least not enough to draft a clear thought without chasing rabbits I didn’t have the time to chase.)

Growth will only occur when we stop allowing blame to hold us back.

With running, you are guaranteed to have difficult runs.  Sometimes you can blame eternal factors, but often the blame lies within yourself.  You didn’t push hard enough, you pushed too hard, you ate the wrong thing for breakfast, or even dinner the night before.  I force blame on every choice of my day when a run isn’t going well.   Growth will occur when we stop allowing blame to hold us back.

Where can we turn when we are overcome with a crushing defeat?  Where do we find peace in our failures?  I am proud to say that I can turn to my God.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. “

The great grace that God bestows upon us is more freeing than any word in our language.  I am undeserving of this grace.  I am depraved and vain, full of sin.  We can find grace by turning to God, because He holds nothing back in His gift of grace.  Jesus DIED so that we could be free from sin.  There isn’t a greater sacrifice that could be made for YOU.  And Jesus did so willingly, so that you could live a life with no restrictions in your joy.  Seek Him in your trials, in your victories, in your mundane. Seek Him with every diaper change, with every step you take, with every rep at the weight bench, with every race start line and with every finish line.

His grace is greater than we could imagine if we haven’t experienced it.  All we must do is ask Him to enter our lives and guide us, day to day.

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