Most of you did not know, but I am at Camp Kanakuk in Branson MO this week speaking. It is their family camp. I am teaching for five days on grace. I started Tuesday introducing the need for grace in our postmodern culture. I then defined grace from a biblical perspective. Yesterday we began what we will try to conclude today: “How do we give grace to others.” Oh, how hard this is. It is really hitting home for all of us. As I told the group of 25 families, I just don’t feel comfortable teaching this anymore. I am really good at receiving grace, but I have such a hard time giving it. I defined people who are “un-gracious” as those who spend their time criticising others, especially those who they are closest to. Ouch! God forgive me for teaching on a subject that I fail at so consistently.
My wife and I had an argument turned fight turned I-am-not-talking-to-you-anymore on the seven hour drive here. Come on Lord! Why now. I am teaching on grace. Do you want me to be ineffective? When I got here I went and introduced myself to all the families alone. I left my wife with the kids back at the cabin. I was bitter, angry, unforgiving, and unable to show that about which I was about to teach. That hurt and was setting me up for a potentially embarrassing situation. I tried to change my subject at the last minute, but I could not think of anything other than the history of the Bible, postmodernism, orÂ the five points of Calvinism. Did not think that would go over too well here. So . . .Â grace it was. Where is the love Lord? What kind of sense of humor clinic are you putting on here? And why am I the main subject?
To make a long, long story short, we made-up before the day ended. We each showed each other grace. Thanks Lord. I will give you more later. Got to go teach on grace, mercy, and forgiveness.