I’m back.. 

“Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived. Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”  -Galatians 6:1-5 As I read this scripture, I began reflecting on my own life. There have been countless times when I’ve looked at other people’s actions and thought, “I would NEVER do that – what are they thinking?” Mercilessly and with a closed mind, I forgot about our grace dependent hearts.
It’s easy to look at other’s mistakes with scorn and disapproval. But, now I find myself in a different place. Experience brings a new perspective and a level of understanding that I didn’t have before.
When you look in the mirror and see a dirty, messy, and unrecognizable face staring back at you,that’s when you understand grace. In that moment, you realize Christ is still embracing who you never thought you would be. When you understand grace, that’s when you can heal and rediscover who Christ has called you to be.
It’s not simple and quick to grasp the concept of grace. The leader of a retreat called Chrysalis said, “Even though for the past two days we have been teaching and teaching about God’s unconditional love, grace, and mercy, some of them still don’t get it. It hasn’t clicked, and some of the girls don’t think it’s meant for them. But hopefully after tonight they’ll get it.”
It’s funny how grace works, ya know? You think you’ve got it all figured out. You can write an eloquent definition, plan out 5 steps to repentance, and try to follow the rules.
Without the dents and cracks, that’s all easy and nice and clean. But, it’s also not complete. The pure understanding of grace comes when you don’t think you deserve it – and you get it anyway.

New favorite song: Stop It – The Almost