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Chain of Grace?

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So my wife was running some errands this morning and drove through Starbucks to get some coffee. When she pulled up to the window, the cashier said her coffee would have been $3.05, but the guy in the car ahead of her had already paid for it. Odd, she thought, but a nice treat and blessing with a sick little girl in the back seat and a stressful day in front of her. Then the cashier went on: there's been a chain of nine cars that have done this, each has paid for the person coming after them. She told my wife that she could "take her blessing" or pass it on to the person behind her. If it had been me, I probably would have driven off--I hate chain emails and this smacks of something similar! But my wife, being who she is, paid for the person behind her (spending an extra $.80 for their nicer cup of coffee) and then felt guilty for being a little irritated at having to keep the chain of blessing going.

Blessings aren't supposed to come with chains (either literal or figurative). The only blessing that really is a blessing is one of pure grace, with nothing expected in return (or "paid forward" as the case may be). I think this is a great illustration for how most of us live our lives with a sense of "sanctified karma" rather than gratitude. Sanctified karma says that we're getting what we deserve, so we'd better do something nice if we ever hope to receive something nice in return. Rather than being motivated by gratitude, we're motivated by guilt or by a twisted sense of selfishness. Living and giving out of gratitude allows us to give in the face of rejection, to love in the face of criticism, and to live out of our identity as God's sons and daughters that we have been freely given in Christ.

May all your acts of grace be given without chains!
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  • Excellent analogy Eric. However I would venture to say that the last customer received the full order (no pun intended) of that sanctified karma.

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  • Guest - Richard

    I like to think I would have driven off too at this brazen act instead of folding up and submitting to "compulsory" grace.

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  • Guest - Trisha

    " Living and giving out of gratitude allows us to give in the face of rejection, to love in the face of criticism, and to live out of our identity as God’s sons and daughters that we have been freely given in Christ." Yes! What a truthful, convicting, and encouraging words.

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  • $4.00 for an excellent illustration on grace with guilt and without chains? I definitely think you got your money's worth!

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  • Reverend Landry,

    Great post! Great analysis. This whole incident reminds me of what I call "Email theology."... kind of a gloppy mix of "grace" with works, chippy arminianism... all ensconced in a sauce of user-friendly religion.

    No doubt about it: I would have driven off without paying for the person's beverage behind me. I would have done it with a clean conscience- except for the sin of being so irritated at such shenanigans.

    And then, I would have stuck in a CD of someone like Michael Horton or Scott Clark to detox from the whole Pelagian hoopla that had been forced on me.

    By the way, my drink of choice at Starbucks is the tried and true basic Pike Place- simply in it's pristine and au natural, 93 octane power that is able to launch a space shuttle to the moon.

    Can I get a witness?

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  • Guest - Rana

    Excellent post!

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