This is my daughter, Evangeline. We call her Vanny. She's pretty spectacular. She's also very smart. She started talking pretty early, and has been entertaining ever since. So much so that my wife, Jess, created #thingsvannysays for your reading pleasure.
Here's a small sample of #thingsvannysays:
- She calls jelly beans "jimmy jimmies" and lazy rivers "lazy lizards."
- She's in the early stages of mastering a odd British-like accent with a hint of country twang.
- She's also been known to improvise a Bible verse or two: "For from His fullness we have all received ... COWABUNGA!" (Did I mention she's in a bit of a ninja turtle phase?)
That's just a few of the many entertaining things she has to say, but this one might be my favorite: "That's my house!"
Now, I know it's not flashy, so let me explain. Last I checked, she doesn't pay the mortgage. Technically our house doesn't belong to her, and she has done nothing to earn it. But as her father, I love that she's convinced that it's her house. Those are words are beautiful to me.
Here's why: I love generously giving to her what I know she didn't earn.
It reminds me of my relationship with God. He gives to me freely and generously what I don't deserve: access to Him and His Kingdom. That, my friends, is GRACE.
God loves you more than you know, and He desires to give you what you don't deserve. No strings attached. No fine print at the bottom. No hoops to jump through.
It doesn't matter what you've done in the past, what you're doing in your present, or what you're going to do in the future. God, rich in mercy, offers us free access to his Kingdom when we trust in Jesus.
"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ ... and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:4-6
Grace certainly isn't fair, and that's why I love it.