To be Ego is to have an inflated sense of self-significance. It's consequences are devastating. If I'm honest, the self-inflicted problems and issues in my life all had one thing in common: my inflated sense of self-significance. And I don't think I'm the only one.

GiveMoreMedia invites us to think of a world without ego. There would be no...
  • Toes to step on
  • Feelings to hurt
  • Fair shares to grab
  • Territory to defend
  • Fault to allocate
  • Back to watch
  • Last words to get
  • Ideas to hold back
  • Embarrassment to bear
  • Battles to win
  • Knowledge to prove
  • Entitlement to have
  • Encouragement to withhold
  • Credit to seek
  • Grudges to hold
  • Jealousy to feel
  • Revenge to take
  • Hidden meanings to construe
How can I make the world a better place ? Less Ego. More Grace.
by Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable
Illogical and self-centered. 
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, 
People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, 
You will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, 
People may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, 
They may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, 
People will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, 
And it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, 
It is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
I believe the ultimate representation of Grace is my allowance to go to Jesus in every circumstance of life. From spiritual birth to physical death, I can find joy, forgiveness, satisfaction, solace, and eternal rest in Him.

Find Grace, come to Jesus.
Following the post on Grace and Humility, I was reminded of many instances in history when people who were given Grace, through no merit of their own, used this gift as a platform for personal pride. I realize that our collective past is riddled with 'Christians' who based their justification of superiority on their faith. Grace disagrees with them. 

The apostle Paul, in 2Cor 15:10, says :
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

Maya Angelou wonderfully penned When I say I am a Christian as a true representation of Grace. 
There is a distinct relationship between Grace and humility. Humility is simply the right realization of who God is and who I am. Pride is putting myself in God's place. Simple to understand, almost impossible to apply.

Grace is a direct result of this realization. Pr 3:34Jm 4:61Pt 5:5 demonstrate that God shows His favor to the humble, the meek. It goes one explicit step further and shows what pride gets us: God's resistance towards us.

It is a daily battle to put my ego aside, to put God in His rightful place, to focus on Him. But the battle is a necessary one if Grace is to be given.

Like I said: easy to understand, almost impossible to apply...
When I read how Grace is characterized in the Bible, I discover that it stands in stark opposition to the feeling of guilt one gets when remembering a forgiven past. 

Guilt is good when it brings us to Grace. It's not good when Grace has been given to cover the debt, and we (alone) persist on doing more to pay for said debt. We can't... and it's that guilt that goes against the grain of Grace.

Based on the how Grace is described,  here is the contrast to Guilt.

Guilt is a sword, Grace is a shield
Guilt has been removed, Grace is everlasting
Guilt is a lie, Grace is trustworthy
Guilt is atrophying, Grace is abundant
Guilt is a dark cloud, Grace is a cloud with spring rain
Guilt is worthless, Grace is worth more than gold
Guilt focuses on an event, Grace is renewed every morning
Guilt costs too much, Grace is free
Guilt is ugly, Grace is glorious
Guilt is fruit-decaying, Grace is fruit-producing
Guilt is personal, Grace is contagious
Guilt is unsatisfying, Grace is sufficient
Guilt is limited, Grace is exceeding
Guilt is single-minded, Grace is manifold.

I choose Grace.

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