Amazing Isn’t Average – Why Prayer…

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I knew something special was happening, but the delivery was more than anyone expected. Mr. Carter started with a reverse 360 windmill. The night was over before it even began, but the show went on anyway. Each proceeding moment matched the momentum of the previous one.

That 2000 NBA All-Star weekend was my favorite. It’s the one where Vince Carter showcased his talent for the world to see in the dunk contest. And his nickname, half-man, half-amazing, was born.

Merriam Webster’s Dictionary describes amazing as “causing astonishment, great wonder, or surprise.” So why did Vince’s performance only garner half of the amazing title? There was no slight toward him, but it’s interesting. It’s like the person handing out the nickname knew that something completely amazing can only come from God. It’s perfect in its awesome wonder, which none of us can be. “When it’s amazing, it’s not average. It’s something that the average person can’t do. It’s something that they won’t do.”

Several times during my senior year in high school, the doctors told us my mom probably wouldn’t make it through the night. She got more time.

There was a time in middle school when a severe asthma attack stopped my sister’s heart for five minutes. She’s still here.

Our oldest daughter caused panic in the delivery room when she was born with no movement or sound. She’s as loud as ever.

I was so sick at the age of five that my mom feared she would lose me, but here I am writing this devotional. Sometimes medicine isn’t enough. Science isn’t perfect. Our uncertainty turns into an impossibility, but none of that matters to God’s grace. The experience is better than average. It’s amazing.

John 1:16 NIV
Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 

Lead Pastor Ben Snyder told us that in light of our reality, God is so generous to us. The only thing we can do with a gift is to receive it. So say “thank you.” Say grace.

Have you ever experienced something amazing in your life? What’s the first thing you did when that happened? Do you feel guilty when you experience God’s wonder?

Next Steps:
Say grace when you experience something amazing. Learn more about what grace is by reading your Bible or finding a study on RightNow Media. Start understanding that we as Christians aren’t more deserving than anyone else. We all need God’s grace equally.

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21 Days of Prayer: Day 23      
Father, remind us that our children are a gift from you for us to share with the world. Continue to equip us with the ability to raise them to follow your truth and discover their purpose. Thank you for giving our children the best of our qualities without losing their individuality. Grant us patience when we feel our child’s rebellious nature pulling them from their path of faith. Let us not forget that we, too, endured a season or more of doubt, pride, or selfishness. Help us to trust you are at work in all things. Amen.

This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.

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  1. Jeffrey S Warren
    Jeffrey S Warren says:

    Thank you so much for this reminder of focusing on God’s grace. I have so much to be grateful for in my life. It’s easy to focus on the junk in my life, but God’s blessings farrrrr outweigh the junk. As I pray for wisdom, God reminds me that we all have challenges in life. Some of us have more difficult challenges, but we all have them. Today’s post reminds me to focus on God’s grace. Thank you

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