05 Apr 2013 LindaOwen

Little Moments of Grace

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Regent University - photo by John Owen“…it does require the supernatural grace of God to live twenty-four hours in every day as a saint, to go through drudgery as a disciple, to live an ordinary, unobserved, ignored existence as a disciple of Jesus.” 

Oswald Chambers, Utmost for His Highest, Oct 21st reading

Twelve weeks into 2013.

How are those resolutions going?  Perhaps at the cusp of the New Year, some of us were reviewing the year, regretting mistakes, re-thinking goals,and resolving to change. But why do we keep repeating the pattern every year?

We long to make some dramatic difference in our lives, checkbooks, children, spouses, bodies, homes, or whatever. Or at least, I do. I want that big “reveal” at the end of the year–or my lifetime–to show visible improvement, growth, and purpose. It’s taken me a long time to learn that life is not about the drama or applause.

Life is played out in the everyday moments, minutes, reactions, choices, and responses.

Paul David Tripp discussed this in one of his recent articles:

The character that was formed in those little moments is what shapes how you respond to the big moments of life.

What leads to significant personal change?

Regent University - photo by John Owen

•10,000 moments of personal insight and conviction

•10,000 moments of humble submission

•10,000 moments of foolishness exposed and wisdom gained

•10,000 moments of sin confessed and sin forsaken

•10,000 moments of courageous faith

•10,000 choice points of obedience

•10,000 times of forsaking the kingdom of self and running toward the kingdom of God

•10,000 moments where we abandon worship of the creation and give ourselves to worship of the Creator.

And what makes all of this possible? Relentless, transforming, little-moment grace….”
Oswald Chambers also elaborated on this over 100 years ago:

“It is inbred in us that we have to do exceptional things for God: but we have not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people, and this is not learned in five minutes.”

So, even though it’s March, can we still do this?  Is it too late to turn little moments into blessings, the ordinary into the exceptional?

Pick a day, some odd day on the calendar and choose to make your moments matter. It’s not about lists or resolutions.  It’s about moments of choices.

Breathe a prayer.

Obey that still, small voice.

Let a kind answer turn away a harsh word.

Forgive.

Little moments of grace weave a path to His glory and honor.

Linda Owen

M. Ed in Adult TESOL

Online Student

Franklin, NC

Retired Navy Vet. Wife. Mother. Grandmother. Part-time missionary. Traveler. Chief among sinners.  God's mercy, grace, & faithfulness carry me through every season, including this new one: grad student.
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