Brett needed to pick up some items for the school at Wal-mart so I decided to go with him and get a few items we needed. Wal-mart didn’t seem especially busy, but when we went to check out the checkers were few, the people were many and the carts were over flowing. We managed to snag a spot behind one large cart and a man who appeared to have nothing. We soon discovered the reason he had nothing was because his wife was pushing the overflowing cart into the space he had saved for her. Now we were behind two over flowing carts. My first reaction was annoyance, but I decided to let it go. If I let it go I would be happier and could move on rather than dwell on the unhappiness of waiting forever in a line at Wal-mart.
Now I’m not the type of person who would rant and rave at someone who did that to me, but I could have acted grumpy enough for them to get the message that I was unhappy with their behavior. But, I decided that, since God so freely pours His grace out into me, that I need to share that grace with others. Jesus says in Matthew 10:8, Freely ye have received, freely give. So in all situations I should freely share the grace God has given to me. Sometimes the weakness of my character allows me to feel as though surely I don’t have to share God’s grace to some undeserving person. God has made sure to share special words for such a situation as well; 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”
How do I receive that power to perfect my weakness? I draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that I may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of my need. (Hebrews 4:16)