What is that one thing that you wish you could change about yourself? Would you wish to be taller? Would you wish to be more outgoing? Maybe you would wish you had a certain talent. If I had my way, I would be more graceful!
Last week I scheduled myself a 3 day, at home writing retreat. I woke early each day and rushed to my perfect spot where I could enjoy the songs of the birds and watch the chipmunks running dangerously close to my feet. My time was so fruitful that I barely stopped long enough to eat or sleep. It was perfect.
I was giddy with anticipation for the third day when it all came to a crashing halt – and by all, I mean all of me! As I sat on the floor, clothed in my shower curtain and rubbing my tender head, I couldn’t wrap my mind around it. Did I really just fall out of the shower? Seriously? I was both dazed and confused. I had not yet checked all the boxes off my retreat to do list but all I could do now was rest. Rest my brain. Rest my eyes. Rest my body. Now, I admit, I have always had a flair for the clumsy, but this just made me mad.
I mean, who has time for a concussion?
It drives me crazy to be so clumsy. If I’m not walking into walls, I’m tripping over my own toes. And please don’t ask me to hold anything you treasure. So instead of blissfully writing to my heart’s content I spent the remainder of my writing retreat sulking. Why can’t I be the delicate little ballerina I envision myself to be; moving about my day with fluent and rhythmic grace? Nope. That tiny dancer is for sure only in my head (wink, wink to my fellow Tim McGraw fans).
But hey, you know what I finally remembered? I may not be graceful but I am grace filled. It’s what I tell others all time. God encouraged me to stop beating up on myself because His love covers me with favor every single day. He turns my awkward to elegant and my gawky to grace-full.
So, what if we stop striving to be more, do more and have more and just work on relishing in the fact that we are already grace-full because we are full of God’s grace.
We don’t deserve it. We don’t have to earn it. We can’t return it. But we can certainly own it.
I tell my husband every time I bump or fall…. “I AM Grace-FULL!” And because of God’s love, it’s true. It’s true for me. And it’s true for you too.
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 weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 2:9