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Washed in Grace

Weekly Devotionals

Washed in Grace

Recently, my 3-year-old son has been practicing important daily habits that will serve him well throughout his life as a fully-functioning and wholly contributing member of society–that is, the art of washing one’s hands. (Apologies: I realize in this moment that the majority of my blog posts have involved my children. It is clear to me that a lot of my self-reflection happens to be a direct result of parenting.)

Each time my toddler steps up onto his stool in front of our bathroom sink in order to better reach the faucet handle, the common mode of usage is as follows:

Step One: Turn on the faucet full-blast.

Step Two: Let the water run and run and run.

Step Three: Squirt at least 3 pumps of soap onto his tiny hands.

Step Four: Rub the soap well beyond his wrists.

Step Five: Rinse his hands flush with the faucet mouth so water sprays about.

Step Six: Turn off the faucet and play in the dirty water as it drains.

Fact: My instructions were none of the above. Each time I stand there to observe this act multiple times a day, each step is missing the mark. I think to myself: “Am I not clear in my instructions?” “Does he not care about water conservation or the cost of hand soap or about soaking his shirt?” “HOW LONG will it take for him to do this properly by himself?”

And in my time standing there, reminding him of the appropriate steps for this sanitary life skill, I am reminded of GRACE. Other questions begin to pass through my mind: “Has God not been clear in His instructions?” “Do I not care about His commandments at times?” “HOW LONG will it take for me to not miss the mark so badly in things seemingly so simple?”

The Good News is this: “God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

As God watches over us as we perform our daily routines, it is inevitable that we will mess things up sometimes. This includes the things that we know how to do properly but choose otherwise. Be encouraged that God’s grace is there to meet you as the undeserved gift it is so that such kindness will lead you to repentance. After this, your heart and practices will be on the path to do what is pleasing in His sight and beneficial for our lives.

In His Grace.