I’m not perfect, and I don’t have all the answers. I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you since none of us do. I also don’t know everything there is to know about God, life, politics, unicorns, or whatever else I read about and see on the news.
What I do know about is grace. I know that it’s the one thing I need to keep trying over and over again after failing over and over again. I know that God has never, and will never expect perfection from me or anyone else. Why? Because He knows it’s not obtainable. He knows that I’m going to continue to struggle with life. He knows that I’m going to continue to fall flat on my face.
But then comes the grace I’m talking about. Each time I fall I can continue to stay down and live with regret and remorse, or I can ask once again for His mercy, and for that grace.
And you know what? He will continue to give it to me. Not because I deserve it. Not because I’m more special than anyone else, but because that’s just who He is. He gives freely, without judgement and without expectation.
We will never come close to giving grace like He does, but I believe we can practice it. We can start by realizing that not everything has a cut and dry answer. It’s okay to say “I don’t know.” It’s okay to admit, “Hey, I’m not perfect,”and it really is okay to say no. Give yourself a break, stop trying to be superwoman, and extend a little of that grace to yourself, because God continues to have a fresh supply to replenish you with.
“And then let the beauty and grace of the Lord – our God rest upon us.”
“Today I am who I am because of God’s grace.” 1 Corinthians 15:1o
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