Concerning Epic Failure – Write 31:Day 19

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GRACE means that even when we fail, we are accepted by God. His love for us won’t allow anything less. It is all you need. When you are weak – He is strong. {2 Corinthians 12:9}

Graceful I am not.

Yet as I pirouetted on the stair to set the baby gate in place before continuing down, my socks slid out from under me. And I couldn’t help but admire the beauty of which my feet hung suspended in the air, before plummeting down the remainder in a final bloody heap. You know the moment – the one that seems to go on forever as you anticipate what comes next. Arms flailing in windmills around your sides, like some cartoon character from the 70’s in an effort to keep the inevitable from becoming reality.

Epic failure

Somedays I can’t even walk without failing. This reality hits me like a ton of bricks (or a hardwood floor as the case may be) and takes all the air from my lungs. As I struggle to breathe, sucking at the floating molecules that surround me, my mind floats through ways I could have and should have avoided this situation.

Anger is a part of it:

If I didn’t have to….

If it weren’t for….

Blame peppers my thoughts, and then my lungs expand to take in the life-giving substance that has been eluding my grasp. I look up into the faces above me, concern etched on the face of my family, and feel wet slide across my cheeks from none other than the two culprits of my demise.

And all of the anger and blame fades

Their genuine love and concern for me has melted my resolve and instead I embrace their offerings of apology and extend a bit of grace.

The way I see it, this is an illustration of the beauty of God’s GRACE for his children.

We fail epically

Our failure causes anger in a righteous God

We offer our sincere regret and love

God’s grace flows like a river

Many would like me to say that He doesn’t even get angry, that grace comes before the apology, but isn’t He a righteous God?  Isn’t our all too human behavior what keeps us separated? Yes, His grace abounds – but isn’t an action required here?  Even if it is simply to say I’m sorry?

I often struggle with the topic of grace

The dictionary in my NIV says that it is “God’s free unmerited favor for sinful humanity”. Free – hmmm. But isn’t there a line there somewhere?  If we could keep doing whatever we like without feeling disfavor, without ever having to say “I’m sorry”, why would we work toward being better?

Maybe I just don’t understand how loving God really is.

I know that his love is unconditional, but I also know that He wants us to be restored, to live righteously and to become the holy people He needs us to be. How do we do that if we never feel displeasure? If it were that easy, there wouldn’t be a narrow path. It would be wide and everyone would be doing it.

But they aren’t

God’s grace is beautiful. It is our strength when we are weak, our hand-up when we fail, and our HOPE when we just can’t see any. I think God loves so much that He sits suspended above  looking for a way to change the inevitable. He knows we’re going down, and He knows why. But He also sees the beauty of our struggle and knows that without grace, that beauty will become just another statistic in a long list of them.

So I choose grace. To receive. To give. To embrace as I fall – like the lifeline that it is.

2graceDid you like this post? Please consider sharing it with a friend.  Post it on your facebook page, twitter feed, pinterest, or post your colored picture on instagram…where ever you think someone can use a little HOPE.

As a little added bonus: All comments on the write 31 days posts will be entered to win all of the colored cards for this series. These are colored by hand (by me :)and ready to give. Winner will be announced in November. Good luck 🙂

Don’t forget to click on the picture at the top of the page to download the pdf version of the GRACE picture.  Color it and share, or enjoy yourself.

God bless your day!


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