You will grow old; but grace won't
"You get older, a bit tired-er, a little slower, a lot whiter. But friends, I don't want you to grow old and tired and cynical and closed. I want you to grow old and tired and generous and joyful. I want your life to open as you grow older. And I want you to dare to believe this fundamental truth: The grace that you first experienced at 8 or 18 or 28, the grace that set you free, the grace that was the warmth of God, of forgiveness and peace, acceptance, freedom: the grace that turned your world around. That very same magnificent grace is as available to you at 48, 68 or 88. His grace is new every morning. His love never fails. My friends, as you graduate from this college, I pray, Grace and peace upon you all for a life of magnificent and beautiful service in Christ's name." Amen
- Reverend Dr Michael Frost
13. March 2017
Last night, we closed yet another chapter on this journey I'd begun back in Canberra. Part-time grad studies took a lot longer than anticipated but I looked back and saw this overwhelming grace upon my feeble walk. When God called me to know him, caused me to see Him and seek Him.. those days of my passionate youth - that was all grace. He took me from my ignorance, foolishness and sin, and gave me Jesus, my salvation, my righteousness, my hope and future.
Driving home, my husband asked - "I'm proud of you, well done. Now what?" And in the cool stillness of that night drive home, he reminded me to be faithful in the here and now: in my character, in my living and in my daily fruit. In my daily living. If I am failing to strive to live that life of a real Christian - dying daily to self, fighting daily the good fight, to grow in faith and fruit, to love as Jesus did, to surrender in prayer, to rely on the Holy Spirit, to mature in Christ-like character - then, what good is knowledge.
It was a night of worship, prayer and rejoicing congratulations which brought me to remember those younger days of passion; my greatest desire was for my life to be spent on God's work and his kingdom. Despite my wandering, my weaknesses and my failings, I pray, God use me. Mould me, teach me and make me ready and fit to be an empty vessel for Your name. Prevent me from doing harm and give me the boldness to make things right when I fail. Wherever and however You please, may Your will be done in my life.