Beautiful Grace

A picture I took several years ago while in the Dominican Republic…I came across it this morning as I looked for a picture for this post. I love how beautiful this little girl is…despite (or maybe BECAUSE of) the smudged face, wrinkled dress, and dirty feet.


“This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details. When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God’s way, I was the least qualified of any of the available Christians. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities.” Ephesians 3:7-8 (Message)

I read these words from the Apostle Paul this morning and immediately thought of a group of kids waiting to be picked to play on a team.

It warms my heart to think that God looks at that lineup and then calls out to the scrawniest kid, “You, my child, are exactly what I’m looking for. I choose you.”

This is what’s so extraordinary (and beautiful) about grace. There is no skill we can bring with us to “tryouts” which will make us “more” qualified in God’s eyes.

He doesn’t need our list of talents and achievements. He simply wants us, just as we are.

I love how  grace doesn’t ask us or require us to prepare first.

We don’t have to first “get our act together.” We don’t have to look a certain way or play a certain part.

Grace looks for the no makeup, sweatpants-wearing, haven’t combed our hair yet version of us and enthusiastically shouts…”Perfect!

2 thoughts on “Beautiful Grace

  1. Bill (cycelguy)

    I remember those old pickup games in the neighborhood where we chose people to be on our side. While I was always an athlete, I never remember being picked last. I can’t imagine the hurt that caused. Then I learned one day that with God there are no losers, no last place people, no last-picked ones. Than I knew…


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