Well, it’s October now and I have so much to do! We began a few projects at our house this summer; adding a lean-to shed to our shop building and putting a porch on the building’s lake side, as well as an outdoor paver patio space. I will admit, I wish I was a bit further along on some of these improvements, so lately, I have been working with a bit of a sense of urgency… I mean, winter is coming soon.
Do you know what would help me get some of these projects done in a bit more timely manner? Doing the job the right way… the first time. I hate doing something, and then discovering that I have done something wrong, and so I have to do it all over again. And I have just enough pride to force the do-over.
I just installed some electrical conduit, outlets and lights around our new patio and pergola, and thankfully the job is completed, but to be completely transparent… it took me a bit longer to do than it should have… because I kept making mistakes. I don’t know how many times I put pieces of conduit together and then had to pull it all apart because I had forgotten something. I will confess to experiencing some moments of significant frustration and impatience due to my failure of getting it right the first time.
Thankfully, God demonstrates so much more patience and grace with us in our lives than I practice on myself in home improvements. Sometimes in my faith growth I feel like it takes me a few times to get things right, and yet God continually demonstrates amazing grace with me.
I really love Paul’s teaching in Romans where he writes, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” Romans 5:1-2 NIV
I love that biblical truth… “into this grace in which we now stand”! I often think that grace is the most under-valued doctrine in Christianity — because I think it is impossible for us to understand what it means for a holy perfect God to unleash his unmerited favor upon us from HIS point of view. Why would God do that? I fail so often. Yet, he continues to pour out His grace upon me.
Lord Jesus, thank you for this grace in which I now stand! Thank you for lovingly correcting and encouraging me. Thank you for your patience and unmerited favor — especially when I don’t deserve it… because that is what makes grace so amazing.