Living out grace…

In January, I wrote about my struggle with wondering if my life and how I spend my days is worthwhile.

Twice in recent weeks, I’ve caught something on klove radio in the morning that really ministered to me.  In fact, I can’t get what these two souls said out of my mind.

First, it was a morning when they had Jason Grey on as a guest.  As it turns out, he has a serious stuttering issue. It was intriguing to listen to this man who sings so well, struggle so hard sometimes to get a certain sentence out.

Perhaps that’s why something he said spoke to me so powerfully. He was talking about transparency in the church and in our lives. How as Christians, sometimes we think we have to look like we’ve got it together.

But that’s not how it’s supposed to be, is it?  You know it. I know it.  We also know the scripture verse that says, “For His strength is perfected in our weakness.”

Yet Jason put it in a way that shot right through me.  He said:

“When we hide our faults, our failures, and our weaknesses, we hide the grace of God in our lives.”


But what can the grace of God in our lives look like?

Just the other morning, a listener called in to request a song. She wasn’t anyone famous. I don’t even remember her name or where she lived. She just said she wanted to hear Michael W. Smith‘s “Breathe” before she got to work.

So as always, the DJs asked her where she works.

Her answer was AAA – Triple A.

Something vague started passing through my mind about how 90% of the people she talks to every day are probably having a bad day that just got worse. Fun. (Can you hear the sarcasm?)

The DJs said something about the people she talks to, and I am firmly convinced that the Holy Spirit began speaking through her at that moment.

She acknowledged what I’d been thinking… but then she went on to share how she tries to speak into the lives of every person that calls. To give them an encouraging word and show them their day isn’t really that bad.

I wish I could share here how the words just flowed, full of grace and joy in her opportunity to speak into the lives of people when they need it. 

I almost wonder if a whole country full of listeners found themselves holding their breath and hanging onto her words. I know I was. And the DJs definitely were. She only said about 3 sentences, but when she stopped, there was a moment of silence, and then all three burst out with a “Wow!”  That’s why I say it was the anointing of God in her words.

I said to my husband, “It’s so amazing how some people learn to turn their everyday hum-drum job into a ministry.”

Some people. Other people.

Why not me?  Well, I suppose because I’m not sure how in the world editing grammar and spelling mistakes and fixing wrong answers on hundreds of boring reports a week could be a ministry.

But then, maybe it’s not dependent upon the job. Maybe God creates opportunities for all of us, if…..


I think this woman learned the secret of the “if.”  For then she repeated her song request, saying, “Everything we say and do, it’s all by His grace. Every breath we breathe. That’s why I want to hear that song before I get to work.”

And so they played it.

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