This week I have been thinking a lot about timing.
The decisions, choices and options we have related to when things will occur and trusting that the timing is right on schedule.
This is another of life’s lessons pointing to my belief that those of us on this shared adventure of “Becoming Today”, need to trust the timing.
Time and time again, I gave testimony to things working out at the very moment I needed it the most. More often than not, circumstances have improved, beyond what I had limited myself to expecting, or at times even hoping for.
After a while I could no longer be in denial of it. Despite a battle of impatience, if I continue in faith and trust, at the very least my needs, hopes and dreams are delivered – often exceeded beyond what I had prayed for.
Then suddenly quickly, when the timing is right, in God’s judgement and with his wisdom soon is transformed into now. Which will prove itself to be the absolute, unequivocable, without a doubt, right, perfect, just in time moment.
Do not let naysayers or well intentioned, but less “Becoming” individuals in your circles dissuade you. Do not deny the Truth, by listening to their fears or lack of understanding. Do not allow their emotional responses to rule your heart, mind and soul. Be obedient. Be Faithful. Trust God’s Timing. Believe. Then gracefully acknowledge it all.
In order to begin to master this step first we need an understanding of how to be Graceful.
Grace·ful /ˈɡrāsfəl/ adjective
Having or showing grace or elegance.
Synonyms: elegant, stylish, tasteful, refined, sophisticated, dignified, distinguished, discerning, with good taste, poised, fashionable, cultured, cultivated, beautiful, attractive, appealing, lovely, comely, charming, polished, suave, urbane, dashing, luxurious, sumptuous, opulent, grand, plush, exquisite, swanky, fluid, fluent, flowing, supple, smooth, easy, effortless, natural, neat, precise, agile, nimble, light-footed.
Certainly good qualities. Many are highly valued such as to be dignified, distinguished and discerning. To be charming, polished and appealing are also very welcoming as are the abilities to be agile, nimble and light of foot.
Still these admirable qualities are not what we’re conversing about “Becoming Today”.
Rather to be graceful is to be filled with Grace.
How do you do that? Well first you acknowledge it.
Acknowledge receipt of this wonderful gift from God.
Grace is quite easily understood and yet wonderfully perfect in his complexity; defined in our purposes as “the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it”.
The simplest definition I have ever embraced on this topic is “God’s unmerited favor”.
Sounds wonderful, and when you have received God’s gift of Grace in your life, believe me as I testify, it feels even better.
Pastor Rick Warren also notes, “The Bible gives an easy, three-word answer for how you receive the grace of God: by trusting Christ”.
Easy right? Powerful? Abundantly and amazingly so.
So how do you receive the grace of God? Accept it. Acknowledge it. LIve it.
In the Scriptures we learn (Ephesians 2:8) “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”.
So to be Grace-filled , filled with Grace, Graceful or full of Grace just say yes; then count your blessings, live your life in salvation and discern your path to “Always Be Becoming”.
Release your understanding upon your actions. Live it and gracefully acknowledge.
Accept grace, joy and wisdom. Give thanks for it with a grateful heart.
Keep doing it.
Then you are “Becoming” the real, true, authentic you. All you were intended to be.