"From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace." (John 1:16)
You can't buy it. You can't earn it. Celebrities don't get extra. The poorest and the richest have the opportunity to get it. Everyone gets the same amount. Grace. Grace is the gift worth more than Super Bowl tickets, or even Kim Kardashian's stolen ring. Yet, few people take advantage of this amazing gift.
In his extremely helpful book, New Testament Words, William Barclay speaks of grace, "It is not as if God chose us because we stood out because of special goodness or special attainment. It is out of the goodness of his heart that God calls us who never deserved to be called." When we get beyond the layers of self-deception and denial, we come to recognize there is little in this world we deserve. We didn't create ourselves. Our intellect, physical or mental health, where we were born, or who raised us are beyond our control. Each of those decisions came from God. There is no such thing as "the self made man!" Even our level of disciple is more influenced by outside factors, than by our inner determination.
Our lives, our blessings, our loves etc. etc. etc. all come from God's grace. Today, think about the ways God has blessed you with grace. It requires you to think about your shortcomings and outright sin. Then, contemplate the idea that in spite of the most horrifying recesses of your being, God loves you and reaches out to you with loving and affirming grace. Then, thank God for the gift you don't deserve, but must simply accept. Finally, since God so freely accepts you, strive to accept yourself, horrors and all!