Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I have been thinking a lot about grace lately. God's grace given to us in the person of Jesus Christ.
Grace given to me.
What does grace mean? ..."the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God. The influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them. A virtue or excellence of divine origin". (dictionary.com)
There are so many things in my life that are slaves to the "law" only it's not God's law...but man's. There is this whole set of "should's and should not's" that are constantly being created and reinterpreted in my life. Burdens are heaped that God never intended that be carried. As a follower of Christ I follow God's word, I stand on that 100%. I should aspire to be the best (wife, mother, friend....) that I can be.
It just seems to me that there is too much emphasis placed on getting it all "right". On how "good" we are, or how "good" our children are, how "good" we are as wives, or how organized, crafty, thrifty, holy....(you insert your favorite adjective here.) Yet, these ideas are often based more on self than on God. More based on the idea of what some leader, speaker or author thinks is the right way than on what the Creator thinks is right. Sadly, they are more based on works and earning our way to God than on grace, faith and mercy.
It seems that if we don't measure up to "Suzy Super Christian's" idea of the perfect helpmeet and homeschooling mother then we are lost (according to some). If we don't use all the proper "holy" curriculum, or attend the right conferences...we might as well throw in the towel.
There is a fine line being laid down for Christians to follow these days, and let me tell you...it is mostly man's design.
That is a bold statement huh? That's just me!
I have tried and failed to have the perfect family, homeschool, children etc. Thank God!! Now that I am done trying to walk that ever changing chalk line, I can look to God's plumb line.
These days I am seeking less to have the perfect family by man's standards and instead seeking God's idea. Mercy, love, relationship...not forced obedience that leaves the heart hardened or demanding that every page of this or that lesson gets completed before we can cuddle and play.
More smiles, less scowling. Instead of seeking LAW...I am seeking Grace, In my walk, in how I teach my kids, in how I treat them. In how I treat others, Christian and non. There is so much freedom in not trying to get it all perfect. Jesus came so that He could change me. If I could do it alone, his death would have been in vain.
Jesus is my grace. He loves me even when I get it all wrong!
For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. John 1:17