Mine does! It was part of a “Grace experiment”. This morning our pastor (who is also my brother) handed out 50 dollar bills to the adults in the congregation, 20’s to the teenagers and 5’s to the kids. It was to demonstrate how God gives us Grace. What he said was that God doesn’t just give us grace without instructions. That is, He (being God) doesn’t give us conditions, he just tells us I am going to show you grace but then I want you to show grace to others. You know, do unto others. So, Tim ( pastor) gave the money, along with the journal and asked people to pray about what they were going to do with the money over the next two months. And he then asked everyone to journal about their experience with the money and how it affected their lives.
Now, what amazed me is that some people put that into action immediately. There were youth kids who stood at the back of the church with their journals open so that people would know what they were collecting money for, and took a door offering for the homeless right then and there…mulitplying the money they had recieved right then and there, on the spot. Some of the little kids were approaching the older people asking if they wanted to add to their fund to help build up the school supplies for the kids in Rhuwanda that we support as a congregation. Grace, being played out, right on the spot, by kids with out any fear of refusal or denial of any sort. It was incredible.
I challenge everyone as we approach the holiday season to try this experiment out for yourselves. And write here your comments and reactions and insights as to how it affected you. Lets see if we can pass some grace along in this time of economic pain and frustration. Do it as a family, do it with friends, get your congregations, or people at work to try it. Little by little we can change this negative time for the better!