“Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)
Grace means to receive a something that you did not deserve. It is an unmerited favor. No human being is worthy of God’s grace, yet He extends it to us willingly and gladly. We alcoholics and addicts sure don’t deserve God’s grace, yet He seems keen on taking us broken people into His divine embrace. I’m grateful for that. I’m grateful that I don’t have to live my life by the merit scale. You know, do things, to get things. I don’t have to do anything to get God’s grace other than to open my heart to it. God loves me right here, right now, in all of my hot mess sinful state. He even loved and adored me when I was active in my disease, pulling the cork out of the red wine bottle every day at precisely five o’clock. How He tolerated me all those years, I’ll never know.
Bill Wilson, one of the founders of Alcoholic Anonymous, felt that we drunks and druggies were beyond human aid. We certainly couldn’t stop on our own accord. Our willpower was like the scrawny kid on the playground, trying to stand up to the big, bad bully. We just didn’t have the brawn. Nothing that we tried worked. Until we tried this God thing. Lo and behold, it worked! We could stay clean and sober. That’s grace!
God’s grace is always available to us. It is our choice to receive it or not. The best way I found to receive His gift of grace is on bended knee, with heart and arms opened wide and sincere thank you on my lips. Here’s the thing. God wants you to join the party He is throwing. It’s called your life! He wants you to be fully present, aware of all of the abundance and love He created for you. It’s up to you, to attend or not. Accept God’s gift of grace. Come join the party and have some fun!