According to Merriam-Webster, Grace is:
a: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b: a virtue coming from God
c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
Grace...oh the unmerited favor of grace. The undeserving, given every morning blessings of grace. When I first thought of this post, I wanted to talk about being grateful in the mist of adversity, I am still going to touch on that for a moment, but then I thought about how Grace-filled I am. Every morning I wake up, God has given me a new dose of grace and mercy for the day. He hasn't subtracted because of what happened yesterday nor because of what will happen tomorrow. Like fresh breath in the morning, He is there with grace, showering me, filling my day to the brim. How can I not be thankful, grateful for what He has done.
Since Hurricane Sandy hit, it has put some strain in my work place. There has been some interesting things happening because of the stress that has been placed on us from being displaced from out normal working environment. The past couple of months I have really learned a lot about myself in the corporate world and especially the last couple of weeks. At one point I had to pause and ask God for humbleness because you don't ever want to be prideful in certain situations. When I look back now, God has graced me with His presence sometime I am not even aware, but because of who He is in my life I was able to remain calm in certain situations. Now, I am only human, so I did have moments of frustration and want to snatch someone up, but then I thought, "You know what God, thank you for allowing me this job, not so that I can snatch someone up, but that I can be a better person". It is not easy to work in a place where everyone wants to be the chief and no one wants to be an Indian; No matter how big or small the task is.
All in all, I am grace-filled. Every morning, God favors me, He has people talking about me considering promotions and other positions My pastor in TX would say, "Your gift will make room for you, and that you don't have show off anything". So, yes I keep being the person that God has made me to be and He will continue to open these doors for me.
As we wake up each morning, remember that He didn't have to breathe life back into us, but He did anyway. He didn't have to allow blood to flow through our veins, but He did anyway. He didn't have to allow us to use our hands and feet without assistance, but He did anyway. Get my drift? His grace and mercy and new EVERYDAY. He didn't have to, but He wanted to and for that...I am grace-filled and grateful. We could all be in a different place...But GOD.