Hugging the cactus

By Dave Henning / July 31, 2014

“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.”- 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

In Chapter 6 (“The Unexpected Benefits of Hugging a Cactus”) of One Way Love, author Tullian Tchividjian cites a phrase used by actor Mel Gibson to describe embracing that part of our souls that is ugly and accepting responsibility for our sins-hugging the cactus”.  The result is humility and new meaning to life.  Pastor Tchividjian notes:

“A grateful heart is a generous heart, and a generous heart is a liberated heart.”

When we’re disobedient to God, the author states, it’s not the fault of too much grace, but our failure to understand how deep God’s grace reaches in the midst of our transgressions.  Pastor Tchividjian concludes:

“God lavishes His grace on the foolish, the weak, the despised, and the nothings so He alone will get the glory. . . .  He pursues those who are not confused about their need . . .”

Today’s question: How has God’s grace reached out to you in the midst of your ministry downsizing or vocation loss?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: Identity “theft”

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