A cascade of grace

By Dave Henning / November 25, 2016

“And these acts of kindness, gifts of grace, they start a cascade of grace to fill a multitude of canyons in a hurting world.”- Ann Voskamp

“Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back — given back with bonus and blessing.  Giving, not getting, is the way.”- John 6:38 (MSG)

Ann Voskamp continues Chapter 5 of The Broken Way by noting the domino effect of Give It Forward Today.  Ann writes:

“Don’t think that every gift of grace, every act of kindness, isn’t a quake in a heart that moves another heart to give, that moves another heart to give, that grows into an avalanche of grace.”

Therefore, Ann reflects, perhaps there’s no such thing as a small act of giving.  Most noteworthy, givenness neither defines nor proves our value.  As Ms. Voskamp underscores, givenness “lets us feel the defining value of love.”  However, at times we exhibit misguided motives of givenness.  Yet, God guides us back to communion so we receive the benefits of love.

Setting our sights on changing the world may be a noble ambition.  But Ann suggests we do the small thing that makes just one person feel loved:

“Love gives, and huge acts to try to make someone happy don’t make anyone as hugely happy as simply doing small acts to make someone feel loved.”

In conclusion, Ann states that the feelings generated by abandoning self into givenness soon give way to abandoning yourself to God.  As this occurs, you find full communion.

Today’s question: During your desert, transformational time, how have you experienced a cascade of grace?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “The smallest of beginnings”

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