by the grace of God I am what I am,
and his grace toward me was not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:10
When we think about grace, we are reminded of our salvation: we once were lost, but now am found…. We are forgiven, are being cleansed from our sin, and will one day be completely free of sin and in the glorious presence of our Lord and God. But the grace of God encompasses not only our salvation, but our creation as well: who we are, what we enjoy doing, our abilities, preferences…. Who we “are” is by His grace, not just what we are “becoming.” Yes, our creation, who we are, has been marred by sin. But, we are made in the image of God, which means who we are, our creation, is “good.” I encourage you today to think about who you are, and thank God for that. How you differ from those around you: how you see the world, those things that come naturally to you, that you excel at, those things that bring joy and satisfaction to your soul. Solomon in Ecclesiastes, writes: I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God (3:12-13). What he is reminding us of there is that not only should we find joy in the grace of forgiveness and salvation, but also in the grace of creation: our creation, who we are…. As you pray and go through your day, ask God to allow you to rejoice in who you are, in your uniqueness. And in the creation of those around you, even those whose sinful tendencies are more apparent. For this, too, this ability to rejoice in our creation, is a gift from God….