The most graceful people in the world are the ones who know their own Grace and lead brilliant lives reflective of that unique Grace. The people who are certain of who they are in God's eyes and confident to follow the life He gave them. The most graceful people aren't the most eloquent, most educated or most talented. The graceful know with assurance what their role in life is and choose to serve in it to the fullest. Humans living within their own Grace makes them extraordinary.
Imagine a circle of light shining from above and you're in the center. The light forms a circle around you and within that circle is your predestined grace. When you live within the comforts of your light, then your life and your role in that life is graceful. The dark around the edges is not to keep you from seeing others, but as a guideline to live within the destiny God gave you. You wouldn't want to step into someone else's light or have someone crowd into yours. We each have a purpose in this life and God knows what it is. It is up to us to find our circle and fill it up with our own Grace that it pushes against the dark edges.
For me it's possible then, that the limits of our grace can expand as our spiritual relationship grows. The area of light broadens when we live the life God wants for us and we have a deeper understanding of that role He wants us to serve. When we accomplish and carry out His blessings, our circle stretches. Only our faith limits its expanse.
Maybe it's also like a rubber band. A rubber band will stretch to its outer limits but it will only reach as far as it was made to go. I'm not supposed to live the life someone else is leading, just like they are not supposed to live the life that's mine. If we live within our "grace" or our "rubber band" then we are being called to do what God has asked us to do.
A big pill for me to swallow was the possibility that I was only meant to be a mom of one boy and one girl. I was meant to be the wife of one man and I was meant to lead a normal, simplistic life far away from the famous radar. I wasn't meant to be Oprah or Eleanor Roosevelt or Elizabeth Gilbert. I was meant to be a mom of two, a wife of one, a sister, a daughter, a friend and the author of Frantic Finch. That's it for right now and that's okay.
Maybe my Grace rubber band will stretch but for the time being, I accept that's what God wants from me. I'm setting up my stand and I will give it all I got to make the best lemonade possible. You have to push yourself to be the best at what God asks of you right now. You have to live within the Grace that He has bestowed upon your life. Grace will expand and your rubber band will stretch but you have to work with what God has given you before He can give you more. Show Him that you're ready. Show Him that you believe. Show Him that your Grace can be as big as He wants it to be because you are ready to serve. Ask Him for the rubber band upgrade. Be ready for big action but it will take your belief in it first.
Your spotlight. Your rubber band. Your Grace.
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Romans 5:1-2 - Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.