Whether you are a good samaritan or a prodigal son, the best stories are grace stories. What do I mean? I do not mean that novels you love are not great nor do I mean that award winning fiction, inspiring biography, rich history, or motivating leadership books are somehow not worth our time. I actually read often and love the tapestry of material available to us all in so many editions, formats, and translations.
I simply mean this: the best stories are grace stories. They show us a bit more of radical generosity and a bit less of human self-absorption. We encounter sacrificial love more than self-sufficiency and we wrestle with the wounds of dear friends, the lack of judgment from loved ones, the increase of compassion, the decrease in defensiveness, and the awareness that we’re both deeply flawed and deeply accepted.
To encourage you and to remind you, I will post a couple of paragraphs from two different sources. One is from a group named Truefaced that is committed to spreading a message of grace and the other is from C.S. Lewis who simply has a way with words.
From C.S. Lewis
“The Christian is in a different position from other people who are trying to be good. They hope, by being good, to please God if there is one; or — if they think there is not — at least they hope to deserve approval from good men. But the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him. He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines on it,” (Mere Christianity).
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