Five-Minute Friday: GRACE

Today I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker and a beautiful crowd of other writers. This week’s topic — on which we may write for only five minutes, minimal editing permitted — is grace.




I hate it. There. I said it. Yes, I know that my entire faith, in fact my entire life and writing career are based on the element and truth of grace. Without it I have no Gospel to share. Without it I have no hope of full restoration with God. Without it … Well, I don’t even want to think about life without it.

But I really, really, really don’t like it. I don’t like that I need it.

Admitting the necessity of grace forces me to also admit my extensive failures. The million and twenty-two ways I fall short every single day. Who wants to be reminded of that? Not me. I want to be independent. I want to be strong. I want to know that whatever comes my way, I can face it with dignity and wisdom and that I never have to apologize for —

I don’t actually mind apologizing. I’m cool with admitting my mistakes when I have an excuse or an explanation. It’s when there’s no excuse that I struggle. That, of course, is also when I need grace most.

Accepting grace is far more difficult than extending grace.

I love giving grace … most of the time. I must admit, though, that I’m struggling today. I’m struggling because there are some to whom I don’t want to extend that unmerited favor.

The angry voice in the back of my head shouts.

“They don’t deserve it!”


“But they’ve done this again and again. There’s no repentance.”

I know.

“You’re making yourself vulnerable. You’re going to be hurt again.”

Yup. Probably.


God extended grace to me at a tremendous cost. And it changed my life. Literally, changed my situation from death to resurrection and LIFE.

It is not easy for me to accept grace, but I know I need it. Just as I know I need it, I know I must also share it. What will it cost me, really? My pride. Maybe a little time. That’s hardly a reason to refuse. And what difference might grace make in the life next to me? What change might happen when unmerited favor … forgiveness … grace touches the lives of those who don’t deserve it?

Five Minute Friday


Visit Lisa-Jo’s site and read more thoughts on grace here.

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