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The Patience of Grace

Opportunities continue to expand like the edges of the universe, but there keep just being 24 hours in a day. While the internet amplifies published creativity at a rate never seen, life expectancy is still relatively flat.

Time is a strange constant in a life of infinite variables.

In my attempt to learn grace, my first impulse is to find the shortcuts and the lifehacks that will teach me to live full grace the quickest.

But there is no shortcut to learning grace.

Learning grace takes time, which means that learning grace also means learning to take time.

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The Semicolon of Lament and Hope

Heading out on a journey to learn grace carries with it an admission of a lack of grace. Our need to learn grace is not because we are experts in grace or drowning in it. We actually need to learn grace.

Jesus was well aware of the heaviness which comes from doubling down on a dogmatic view of truth. Being right becomes more of an identity than being with God or the people of God. So our journey toward learning grace continues with a confession of our current overactive truth system.

We’re hyper-truth and hypo-grace. We can’t find our way to the hopeful shores of grace without lamenting the walls that truth has built around our hearts.

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Learning Grace Along The Way

“Yeah. Ok. Maybe. But what about truth?” When it comes to grace, my internal dialogue is ridiculously obsessed with truth.

Every church I’ve been a part of or visited or thought of visiting is very adamant about teaching Truth–big T Truth–Bible studies and classes and sermon series and cohorts and seminars and conferences and the list goes on and on.

Everyone seems obsessed with teaching truth.

And I get it. Truth is important.

But it feels like it’s only half of the picture.

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