grace

We Are All Beggars

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We are all beggars.
Martin Luther


No matter our position or status in life, we are all in the same sinking boat on the same stormy seas. 

Perhaps this is a lesson, most vitally important for those called to leadership. For such people tend to see themselves as the heroes, the rescuers, the savers, the great women and men who will make the difference in the lives of others.

Vanity, vanity, all is vanity. 

Serendipity

Serendipity: When good and beautiful things unexpectedly happen.
 

Serendipity!
This is not a word you hear in day to day conversation.
It means there are good and beautiful things that happen, but they are unexpected. It is not something we make happen. It is not something we work to bring about. Serendipity is simply GOOD STUFF that just happens. 

Who Needs a Fresh Start?

and you are positioned to make it possible...

I was out for lunch yesterday. From time to time I go out to do some work. Every now and then I need a different atmosphere to think and write. So I drove over to my "go-to" Chinese buffet. I usually go late in the lunch hour so the crowd is small. I walked in and as the hostess led me to a table, there was an acquaintance I had not seen for several months. He lit up when he saw me, waved me over and asked me to sit down and join him.

I recognize divine redirects when they happen, so I did. No sooner do I sit down and he says, "I can't believe you walk in. God brought you here." It turns out he almost never goes to that restaurant. He was on his way to work... went out of his normal routine and there we were.

The Grace of God - Here is My Definition

Definition of grace  Paul  damascus road  audacious insanity of a heavenly wisdomThe story of Saul on the Damascus Road is described in Acts 9:1-19. This is his conversion experience. This is the transformation of Saul to Paul.

This is the story of surprising mercy and unexpected love to one who was least deserving of it.

It is the story of how God's grace turns sinners into saints, rebels into servants, and persecutors into missional leaders.

We are so familiar with this story that, perhaps, it no longer amazes us with its sheer improbability. I read this and I wonder at the boldness of God! To take a murdering, persecuting zealot and call him to be the lead apostle of grace . . . This is not just boldness. Stronger words are needed. The audacity, the presumption, the insanity of such a plan!

Yet that is exactly what grace is. 

Grace is the audacious insanity of a heavenly wisdom that works miracles in hopeless places and lost cases.

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