Grace, a tricky topic. When I speak about it too, I’m not talking about elegance, I’m talking about a manifestation of favor. Life is often hard to live because it feels like every decision is life or death--everything is a fight to make the right choice. Thats a lot of pressure to put on yourself, because let’s be honest, most people just want us to exist as ourselves so the pressure is self-inflicted. I know I forget that the world's fate, and mine do not rest on my shoulders. My destiny doesn’t rest on my ability to make a good choice for my life in every instance. This doesn't mean I should just go out and live recklessly, like Paul says just because we have grace doesn’t mean we should abuse it.
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
If you’ve ever read anything I’ve written before you know that I talk and write a lot about modern dating culture, for a few reasons, because it absolutely fascinates me and because I’m, for lack of a better term, drowning in it. Commonly in Christian dating culture, every dang date is treated as a marriage proposal. The fate of your future is resting on that one night at the movies, or at least that’s how so many people treat it. Yes, dating isn’t something we should do just out of boredom, but if you want to go out with someone, freaking do it because guess what, if it doesn't go well you can say, “Hey. I’m just not that into you.” Then you move on, it’s not the end of the world. Like i said, don’t just date any breathing human with limbs because you’re bored or lonely, but for goodness sake, COFFEE IS NOT A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL. We have got to stop treating it like that because, then every encounter with the opposite sex carries that unnecessary pressure. Then, there we are, laying in bed, late at night, after the first date trying to decide if we can have a future with someone we barely know anything about. I mean, GEEZ. Who said we had to decide if we wanted to marry someone after one dinner? But, hey, if you know you know, but if you don't’ there is time to figure it out.
"One decision can’t demolish the purpose God put on your life--it can’t diminish your call.”
I have a very wise friend who once said to me, “One decision can’t demolish the purpose God put on your life--it can’t diminish your call.” Sure, poor choices can derail you for a little while, so pray about things before your impulsivity takes over, but guess what, the pressure you put on yourself is pointless. Best life policy is to simply pray about it, listen to the Lord and fall into grace. Plus, if you’re actually spending time with with Him, it will reflect in your choices and life so it’ll be easier to naturally make good decisions.
Moral of the story, step out of pressure and sink into grace. It’s better that way.
You are amazing, now go kick this weeks butt.