Have you ever felt so upset over the smallest, insignificant things that in those moments you forget who you are but more so forget to give the grace God gives?… Every day we are bombarded with petty things that drive us crazy. Self-checkout stations are one of those “little things” that brings me to that place where I forget to use God’s wonderful grace. In my head, I know this, but in my heart, I choose to forget it. Heartless thoughts go through my head and I sometimes say ugly things like, ‘If you can’t handle self-checkout…MOVE to another aisle!’…We all know God doesn’t like ugly.

It is so easy to pretend these things don’t bother us. God fills us with the Holy Spirit to help us in all life’s situations. Yes! even the self-checkout stations! In the midst of my complaining and hoping for that “Atta-girl” from God, something as insignificant as this has the ability to turn my mood like the flip of a switch. One minute you see a happy-go-lucky girl and the next minute a frustrated, angry person who forgets there is power in grace. You trust it to be true, but it feels distant and out-of-reach.

Grace is ridiculously the best gift you and I will ever receive; yet, so often we choose to forget it in the moments when we need it most. Scripture repeatedly urges us to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ by regular instruction in “the pattern of the sound words” (2 Tim. 1:13). Remember, a gospel without grace is good for nothing. Therefore, “Let your speech always be gracious” (Col. 4:6) to one another and recognize the grace we received at salvation. After all, we are all new creations in Christ. God gave grace; God gets the glory!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17