Cup of Grace
A phrase in a recent sermon by Jeremiah caught my attention. He said that sometimes our cup of grace is low.
I'm familiar with the idea of a cup which overflows, but I've never thought of the metaphor of a cup of grace which is low. As he said it, though, I knew it can be true at times.
What depletes your cup of grace? Fear. Failure. Fear of failure. Feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, or insecurity. Grief. Tiredness. Boredom. What else?
Perhaps the solution to this reality is found in the Greatest Commandment -- to love God and to love each other. In building our relationship with God, we find grace. In experiencing the love of others, we find grace. In serving God, in serving each other, we find grace. Words of encouragement, acts of service, SEEING and HEARING each other; in these ways we find grace.
And the cup overflows.