Updated: Jun 17, 2021
Good morning :) It is Monday, June 7, 2021.
I saw a man pushing an old grocery cart this morning with what, I can only assume, were all his worldly possessions.
As soon as I saw him, a dreaded phrase popped in my head. I say "dreaded" because I have a great disdain for this phrase. I will talk more about that in a moment.
Like most any town or city, Grants Pass has an issue with homeless people. According to an article I found on-line from the Mail Tribune this morning, in January 2019, the United Community Action Network counted 602 homeless people living in Grants Pass, and another 1,045 “precariously housed” people sleeping in someone else’s home. The article went on to say it “may be a conservative estimate.” I would venture a guess and say in the two years since that article, the situation has not improved. Perhaps even gotten worse.
Tents alongside the freeway; people sleeping in doorways of businesses, sleeping in their cars and at the mission; people standing at intersections with signs asking for money and lines at the food pantry's. It is a tragic fact.
Back to the homeless man I saw on Sunday and the "dreaded phrase".
The phrase is: "There but the grace of God go I."
I can hardly stomach that phrase.
When I break that phrase down, what it says to me is, "God's grace was not sufficient for you." "God loves me more than He loves you." "God cares more for me, than He does you." And that simply is not true. God loves each one of His children and His grace is sufficient for every one of us!!
2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV "But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
God also gave us the freedom of choice. I am not saying this applies to all situations, but most of the time we end up where are due to the choices we made. We came to a fork in the road and went down the wrong path. But God is willing and able to turn that around for each of us.
2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work."
Ephesians 1:5-7 ESV "he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,"
I prefer to say, "There but the choices I made go I." or "There but the cards life dealt go I"...just do not blame God.
God's grace is sufficient! It is enough for every single human being.1 Corinthians 15:10 ESV "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain..."