A friend of mine makes a cake for her neighbor. It’s the neighbor’s birthday. And the cake is going to be a surprise. In a text message my friend sent me a picture of the cake being mixed. My reply to her was this, “Kindness is always best served as a surprise.”
The same is true about God’s grace. It is a welcomed surprise, because it’s truly unexpected. We don’t see it coming because we don’t earn it. We don’t buy it. We can’t control it. And more often than not we don’t deserve it. It’s a gift to anyone who wants it. Surprise!
In his book What’s So Amazing About Grace, Philip Yancey argues, “There is nothing we can do to make God love us more. There’s nothing we can do to make God love us less.” Surprised? Relieved? Overcome with joy and peace and goodwill?
A so we make cakes for our neighbors, we buy a coffee or groceries for a stranger, we let someone have a parking space or cut in line, we show kindness as a surprise...not to score points but to share with others the grace-filled love that God surprised us with first.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”