Rebecca Burtram
LEARNING

DOG TREATS AND GRACE

DOG TREATS

As I was cleaning off our kitchen counter, I threw a dog treat to our dog before putting the rest away. Immediately after, I considered whether or not I should have waited until he had done something other than lie on the couch and pass gas.

My very next thought was, “I just really like him, and I wanted him to have a treat. Who cares if he deserved it?”

This little scene caused me to reflect on God’s grace in our lives. (I know, I am an amazing theologian inspired by the deep moments of life.) 

I was instantly thankful for gifts undeserved.

It is so funny to me how many people think Christianity is a list of dos and don’ts. 

Christianity is a list of a thousand things I have done to separate me from God, yet he stays right there. Christianity is accepting God giving us what we don’t deserve.

There are a lot of people who stand out in our culture for what they are against. God loves them anyway. 

We are people who cause hurt and pain to others daily. God loves us anyway. 

Some of us reject God, but he loves us anyway. 

Grace. So much grace. So much giving of what we do not deserve.

There is nothing we can do to earn it. There is nothing we can do to lose it. It is unmerited favor.

Maybe, just maybe, we could be followers of Christ by extending that grace to others.

By Rebecca Burtram

I am a woman in my mid thirties figuring out how to balance an intense need for perfection with the reality of my own imperfections. The answer I am finding is grace.....and plenty of it.
As a mother of three, a teacher, a church planter, and a runner, I have many opportunities to practice giving myself and others the grace I need to survive.

Grace and Imperfection:
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1 comment

  1. Good Article. Grace is unmerited. God is a good father and like a good father he gives us treats just because we belong to him. We don’t have to work for it. All we have to do is ask, and if it is for our good, he gives it to us. Keep posting.

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