“In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:4-6
It seems that every time you open Facebook there is another child who can do the unthinkable! It’s awe-inspiring to see the way the youth of today strum their guitar or perform the perfect pirouette. While these moves catch our attention, I know that I identify more with the video of the kid playing t-ball for the very first time. You know the kid, he’s the one who doesn’t understand the fundamentals of the game or even the basic intention of the equipment. Picture the scene; the coach gently rolls the young player a grounder. The kid bends down and clumsily grabs the ball with his glove. Then, with the ball still in the glove, tries to sling the ball to first base. Obviously, the play doesn’t earn much praise.
Are there areas in your life where the grace of God moves you to do something less than praise Him? We praise Him by the way we respond to his glory. We praise Him through the way we serve, the way we give, the way we do community together.
We should continually seek opportunities to praise the Lord for His grace in our life—whether it’s in how we pirouette or how we struggle to throw a baseball to first base.
Father in Heaven, thank You for the reminder of how You have showered me with Your grace. Lord, show me this week how to consistently respond in praise. Let me bring You glory through the response of Your grace. Amen.