Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Chain of Grace

Our oldest daughter was caught in the middle of grace today as she scurried about with last minute errands.  She pulled up to the drive-through lane at Starbucks and placed her order for a hot drink.  When she arrived at the window, the server handed her the steaming cup and said, "There is no charge.  The person in front of you just paid for you."

When Beth asked if that happened often, the woman just smiled.  And Beth paid for the person behind her, extending that unexpected grace to yet another.

It cost our daughter no more than she would have paid anyway, but she pulled out with a smile on her face.  And knowing a little more about what grace looks like.

We are in the season when people look every which way to outdo each other in giving gifts.  What if we changed our mindset and heart-set to outdo one another in giving grace?

May we be known by His grace
              in the most unlikely places of all
as God did
              in a stable long ago.

Love one another with brotherly affection.
Outdo one another in showing honor.
                                 Romans 12.10

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