Chatting with a Reading graduate I'm reminded of the beauty of God's grace. I remember talking with her years ago, trying to get my head round how even faith is a gift from God. It does not depend upon me!
Since I started out as a CU Staff Worker I've tried to keep in view a permission to fail. Its surely foundational to all Christian ministry. Grace means I can put my foot in it. Grace means I can get stuff wrong. Grace means I can fall flat on my face and be picked up again, and again.
That actually literally happened about 7.5 years ago in my first steps into ministry. I was running to collect some flyers for an event to deliver to the end of a evangelistic course meeting, back in December 1997. It was dark and I was focussed more on my destination than where I was. Next thing I knew I've had an intimate connection with a concrete bollard and I'm flying flat out on the ground in the rain. The grace of God picks us up again, and again, and again.
Meanwhile I feel obliged to note that Ed and Kath are now blogging. Will the expansion of the blogsophere ever end.... still these two are dear friends so its great that you get to share something of them too!
Listening to: Arriving by Chris Tomlin. How great is our God! Indescribible! Full of grace that permits my failure... grace that covers my sin... grace that brings me to my knees in thankfulness. Even repentance, a gift undeserved. Even faith a gift to a sinner like me.
Don't miss: Mike Bullmore - The Functional Centrality of the Gospel in the Life of Local Church