MJ wanted to wear his superhero outfit.
As much as I tried to explain to him that this birthday party wasn’t a superhero party, he just didn’t understand. He was furious and I was the bad daddy.
But my four-year-old son’s reply showed his true feelings:
“Daddy, if you love me, you’ll let me do what I want to do.”
His words captured the depth of what he was feeling in that moment.
Moreover, his words echoed my own when I talk with God.
God, if you love me, you’ll let me do what I want to do.
There are many things that I barter with God about. And when those things don’t go my way, a spiritual firestorm begins—disappointment followed closely by anger and doubt.
Whether it’s closing a big deal at work, booking another speaking engagement, or having my book picked up by Oprah, I often put God in a position to answer my demands.
In those moments, I don’t want God, I want to be God.
And with this mindset, I believe that God loves me when things go my way. As time wears on, and as disappointment prevails, I become desensitized to His love altogether.
I’m learning that grace isn’t my unending demands answered by a genie-god, grace is humbling myself under His authority. When I present my requests before Him and trust that His plans are better than my own.
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Humility allows us to see how much God has really done for us, and that’s where a change begins to take place.
When we understand grace, we begin to give it more freely. Rather than withhold grace from those who wrong us or those who make mistakes, we begin to open our palms.
When loosen the grip of justice and unforgiveness, we find freedom.
That is what grace does, it brings freedom—a freedom that responds in love.
So today, remember that grace is waiting, but it takes our humility to receive it.
About the Author
Matt Ham is primarily a husband and father to three boys. As an author and speaker, he is dedicated to guiding others toward living a rich life. Through his RICH Principles he helps folks uncover fullness, identifying real treasure and discovering true joy and contentment in both their professional and personal lives.
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