Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Grace Builders

Do you know what a "Grace Builder" is? That is one of those moments in time where you have a choice....to make a Christ like decision or a human decision. Your choice is totally up to you! We should all strive to make Godly choices in our lives. But easier said than done some days.

God woke me up the other night at midnight. I know it was Him, no one else in my household is awake at that hour! He wakes my momma up in the middle of the night for little talks, whether she wants to talk or not. (In the end she does!) Anyway, He reminded of a Grace Builder episode in my life. It was several months ago. But I can remember it well, I wanted to cry afterwards or maybe I did cry.

I work at the church we attend and so I was headed to the Post Office to mail some letters. It was bulk mail so not at the usual windows up front but the business entrance around back. It's usually not very busy. You get in, you get out, your done. That doesn't happen very often at the Post Office, huh?! I had done everything the same as I had done before. I walked in and set the letters on the counter and a woman, whom I hadn't worked with back there before, came in and looked at my paperwork and told me all the things that were wrong with it. She did tell me how to fix them. (The man I had dealt with up until that day had done all the weighing for me. I didn't even know I was supposed to do this.) By using a formula that was rather greek to me, I was supposed to add this, then multiply that, and then do something else and then you got your answer (or if you are me, you didn't get your answer). I do not enjoy math and all that that entails! (to say the least) So, I even wrote down what she said and still could not figure out what she wanted. I had to take all the letters back to the church (across town) and figure out the formula for weighing them and then take them back to the Post Office. Of course, it was the next day before I could go back. On another occasion, always with the Post Office, I had bulk mailings (bulk means 200 or more pieces) that were one sheet folded over and taped. I was informed that they needed to be taped in two places on the outer edges not one piece of tape in the middle, like I had already done! Yes, I had to go buy tape and sit in my car and tape over 200 letters in two places each!

Grace Builders!!

After the first episode, when I got back to the church Pastor Don said they are Grace Builders. I probably said something like, "I don't want any more grace!" Of course, Pastor Don is a very gracious man to begin with! So I had to learn something from this experience. First I learned-send Pastor Don to the Post Office-he got them mailed without any problems. Second I learned-we all have moments in our lives where we can choose to be angry, stay angry or seek revenge on others or GROW IN GRACE!

It's not always fun learning new things and it's not always easy! But, if you learn it with Grace, you might find you don't have to learn it twice!

Just a thought at midnight!

Go in Grace!

P.S. the lady at the PO was just doing her job! (even if I didn't agree with her!)


  1. "Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace, freely bestowed on all who believe...Marvelous grace of our loving Lord," lines from one of my favorite songs. Where would we be without His grace? "To whom much is given, much is required." Let us go forth and be gracious!!!
    Thanks for the reminder, dear friend!

  2. I know very well your mailing episode!!! Once a week we mail out 207, tape at each corner, and twice a year we mail out over 7000 at one time. I very quickly became friends with one of the clerks at the post office who I could call and question to ensure I didn't make the same mistakes more than once.