I try to learn something everyday. Sometimes it comes through searching and studying, but other times it sort of just happens by accident. Lately, praise the Lord, Nina has had a huge desire to through things away. By and large it hasn’t been the customary “lucky shirt” kind of stuff. Instead it has been more the cluttery extras.
So, when I saw on Facebook where someone was wanting to buy old Nintendo Gamecube controllers and games, I thought, “Hey, that’s one more thing, and we can make some money too!” The only problem was that the kids re-discovered it. Naturally that turned into us looking for more games for a console that launched in 2001. Well, come to find out, Nintendo did something very wise when they began to produce their current game console, the Wii. They retro-fitted it so that you could play Gamecube games on it.
There you go! I learned something today that I did not know yesterday. I’m not an expert in gaming, so these things can come to me slowly.
Yet, the second thing that I learned today has been much more difficult and hard to come by. By looking at the word cloud below, you’ve got a one in fifteen shot at it.
Think you’ve got it picked out? I’ll reveal it in a minute, but first, let me say this. Not only do I need this word today, but, I’m finding out with each passing day that I need this particular word in my life more and more and more. It seems to be what the Lord has put His finger on lately, He just hasn’t seen fit to take it off yet.
The truth is that I most-likely haven’t learned my desperate need for it yet, but I’m trying. I really am.
In all caps and everything.
Look at what one pastor that hit me today like the proverbial ton of bricks.
“I’ve written and said many times that no one gives grace better than the person who is deeply persuaded that he needs it himself. Self-righteous people tend to be critical, dismissive, and impatient with others.” Paul David Tripp
When I ran into this quote today, I forced myself to do what Nintendo did and “retro-fit” so to speak, or better yet, take a retrospective look at my spiritual condition.
Too often I find myself being critical, dismissive, and impatient with others. Therefore, according to Tripp I would have to admit to my self-righteousness.
I need grace.
When I’m stressed out, I need grace so that I can be gracious to others. It’s not my kids’ fault that things didn’t go the way I wanted them to yesterday.
Rather than trying to make excuses or justify my actions, I just need to admit that I need grace, and then I need to start pleading for it from the Lord Jesus.
John said, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth…And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:14,16,17)
I don’t want to live on what Moses was given, nor by what he gave, but instead on what Jesus Christ gave. He is full of grace and more and more I understand that it is exactly what I need.
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