Short men are happy, for they can pass easily through the door. Tall men are happy, for they can stand erect and pluck oranges with their hands. Again, short men are angry, for they cannot stand erect and pluck oranges with their hands. Again, tall men are angry, for they cannot pass easily through the door. ~ Michael Bassey Johnson
There’s a virus circulating on social media sites. It’s the same contagion we’re vulnerable to when we go to the grocery store, turn on the TV or text on our cells. We’re so susceptible that most of us have been passive hosts since childhood. We became infected by phrases like: You should be grateful, others have it so much worse…
It’s embedded in the thoughts that comfort us, sometimes dormant, sometimes flaring up. We reflexively think it and often speak it: Comparatively speaking…
Comparatively speaking the weather is good; the pay is fine; the pain is manageable; the loss is less…
If my contentment lies in anything beyond my present reality, it’s fragile at best and worse yet, it’s a covetous contentment. The contentment of relativity says I can only find my stability, peace, serenity, bliss in relationship to the lesser security, peace, contentment, and happiness of another.
It’s the It could be worse syndrome. Yes things could always be worse but that isn’t gratitude that’s just fatalism. It could just as well be better and that certainly isn’t gratitude, that’s greed.
Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: ‘Ye were bought at a price’, and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I had an interesting conversation with a friend. She said she reads my other blog but not this one because: I just can’t get into all the sweet grace stuff. I don’t buy it. I’m not there and I don’t want to hear about it.
This friend is a Christian which added to the impact of her statement. Her comment has been circling my head for days. Have I been touting sweet grace? Do I coat grace with a pleasing to the palette shell?
I believe the Good New is good. I want these two minutes to be thoughtful and encouraging.
But that doesn’t mean I take grace lightly.
Grace is a lot of things but it isn’t sweet.
Grace is a messy, bloody business.
Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: ‘Ye were bought at a price’, and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us.
I try never to confuse free with cheap.
That’s what makes it amazing!