Posts tagged Mercy
As I have watched events unfold this week I cannot help but be THANKFUL for God’s continued grace and mercy. I am far from perfect or and have made plenty of mistakes and poor choices and yet here I am. Death has come a knocking once again this week, taking loved ones from the tender age of six to those were afforded a bigger bite at life and transcend at eighty. One thing is for sure, neither one of their lives were in vain and the impact they made on others is far-reaching. I am so THANKFUL for them being a part of my life and more importantly showing me the importance of truly living life.
It is said that grace is what we do not deserve nor could earn in any way. It is not by something we did, something we deserved, or something we have any right to, but God saw fit to grant us grace. Mercy on the other hand is what we do not get that we definitely earned and deserve. In the same breath, thought, and action, God gives the one (grace) and withholds the other (mercy) and I for one am so THANKFUL for His goodness. I shutter to think where I would be without either and who I would be if not given the chance to repent for my wrongs and rectify my failures.
Today I am THANKFUL because unlike those whose assignment is complete, I have another opportunity to pass the test and complete the work that has been purposed for my life. I am THANKFUL because I am not where I want to be, but I am far from where I was and I am excited about where I am heading. I am THANKFUL because someone saw fit to give me another chance, to forgive me for my transgressions, and to help when I fell, and to support me along the way. I am THANKFUL because I did not receive the penalties of my sins or inherit debts I could never repay. I am THANKFUL for unwarranted, unmerited, undeserving, unrealistic, and unwavering grace and mercy. I am THANKFUL because He loved me in spite of me!
A thousand times I’ve failed still your mercy remains. And should I stumble again, I’m caught in your grace.
God’s grace is immeasurable. His mercy inexhaustible. His peace inexpressible.
How often have you been faced with what seemed to be insurmountable odds? Or plagued with one setback after another? What about times when you have no strength to muster, courage to pull from, or the will to carry on? We all have faced that brick wall of despair where hope was lost and obstacles grew taller. But God!
Grace and mercy are real and relevant and just as the aforementioned, how many more times can you say, but God! I thought I was dead, but God. I thought I would get evicted, but God. I thought I was losing my mind, but God. I thought my children were headed for destruction, but God. I thought my marriage was doomed for failure, but God. I thought, I thought, I thought… BUT GOD!
Author @HerbertCooper pens his latest work entitled, #ButGod, and speaks directly about how the power of God changes everything! A personal testimony about life’s twists, trials, and triumphs, Cooper expresses how “the BUT GOD moments come in and offer a new path and hope for our lives. These moments occur when we are at are lowest, and turn our down-trodden worlds around for the better. It is up to us to recognize and seize these moments when they occur and follow the renewed path God offers. The phrase is short, but the implications are huge. The path may look bleak, dim, and hopeless…BUT GOD changes everything!”
If you find yourself in a bleak, dim, or hopeless situation, I encourage you to look your situation square in the face and yell, BUT GOD! Pick up Herbert Cooper’s book, But God and instead of telling God how big your storm is, tell your storm how big your God is!
It’s Thankful Thursday and as the day comes to an end, I want to express my thanks to all those that have impacted my life in one way or another. Some have challenged me to grow, supported my dreams and aspirations and encouraged me to reach new heights. Others have tried everything in their power to tear me down and destroy my heart and psyche. For both, I am equally thankful. Through each, I have learned who I am, what I stand for, and that there are no limits to how far I can go when I walk by faith and learn to simply be thankful for the things at hand. I’ve been shown, found, accepted that my life has a greater purpose than I ever imagined. The journey continues and I’m excited to have you along for the ride. Sit tight, buckle up. I promise the road ahead will be filled with twists and turns, but along the way, we will cherish, enjoy, and learn from every moment, and be thankful for every minute.
What are you thankful for? Share your thanks in the comment section or e-mail them to BrotherWord34@gmail.com.