One morning before school, after getting the kids breakfast, I decided to pour a glass of OJ for myself. We had just bought these new, fancy glass cups, and I wanted to try them out. Of course, Tyler wanted some. So, being the loving mom I am, I told him he could have the rest. I put the cup in the center of the table; I told him not to play around because he may break it and not leave it on the edge of the table but put it back in the middle. I restated these rules of engagement a few more times before I walked over to the couch to put my shoes on. Tyler grabbed the cup and drank some. He set the glass down, he lends to his right side to pet the dog, and when he shifted his body back, his elbow hit the cup. As though in slow motion, I yelled “Noooooooo” while falling to my knees. The cup crashed to the ground and shattered to pieces. Like a scene from a movie. The aftermath of this however, was not like the movies or a commercial where the mom just smiles and says “oh well, I have 23 more cups just like it”. No, my version could have used more grace.
Just like I repeatedly told Tyler to be careful or watch out for the glass, God has instructed us in how to live our lives as Christians: how to speak, how to forgive, and how to love, but sometimes we fall short. Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” God’s standard is His own perfection, and God does everything ultimately for His own glory (Isa 48:9-11), which is good because it includes saving men and women for His own glory. I am grateful that God chooses to save us for His glory. The grace He extended even when we were unworthy.
… to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
So even when we fail, we can come to Him and be restored.