#LentWithESC – Day 28

His Grace is Enough

Written by Kate McPherson

Grace-on-the-Hill corps member

There is no one in this world who judges me harder than me. I guarantee it.

I work as an instructional assistant at an elementary school, and every once in a while, I’ll miss my scheduled time with a class because I’m working in another area of the school. I always feel incredibly bad about this and shoot an apologetic email to the affected teacher, whose response is inevitably something like this:

Hey Kate, thanks for letting me know. No worries!

Obviously, this teacher isn’t judging me for running the front desk instead of tutoring students. I, on the other hand, spend a significant amount of time lamenting my inability to be in multiple places at once. If only I could clone myself! If only there was enough of me to accomplish everything I want to accomplish!

As humans, we spend an awful lot of time trying to be enough. We want to do enough things, get enough sleep, work out enough, eat enough vegetables. We resolve to be kinder, volunteer more, donate more, raise awareness about more issues until we are so tired.

We chase the idea that we can become enough to become valuable.

Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians that our salvation is through grace and cannot be attained by anything we do. We can save all the baby whales and bald eagles in the world, but it means nothing because Christ’s grace is what redeems us.

Our value is not in what we do. Our value is in who we are: beloved children of God.

God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to us. He delivers us from our distress; He shows us mercy even when we feel we do not deserve it.

Shauna Niequist writes that “grace isn’t about having a second chance. Grace is having so many chances that you could use them through all eternity and never come up empty. It’s when you finally realize that the other shoe isn’t going to drop, ever.”

Grace is the voice that says, “Calm down. Relax. Do your best because I’ve got this.”

Grace is knowing that even when I feel like I could never be enough, I am still valuable and beloved by God.