What does it mean to rediscover grace?

Growing up, I learned about grace in church. I heard that we were saved by grace alone, that all we needed to do to be saved by grace was to confess our sins and believe that Jesus’ death covered our debt.

But along crept perfectionism and the belief that God loved me less when I made mistakes. Having “success” even in church came to mean having a good job, a good paycheck, the right resume, the right church service positions, and no obvious sin. Accumulating accomplishments became more important than following God and believing that he loves me and that I am forgiven.

Author Madeleine L’Engle says,

In our daily living the actions we choose, from within our own skins, as the best possible under the circumstances, may well turn out to have been the wrong ones. Something we regret at the time as abysmally stupid may well end up being the one thing needed under the circumstances. We are trapped in unknowing.

We don't know how God is using our actions in our lives or in the lives of others. The most important thing we can do is love God and love others.

I graduated from Wheaton College where I studied anthropology and theater. I love to talk about self-publishing, taking risks, and following God when it doesn’t make sense.

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