I grew up in a single parent household with my mom and two older brothers.  Being the youngest, my mom and older brothers sacrificed a lot to provide for me and watch out for me.  Knowing how much they did for me created an inner drive and motivation.  I didn’t want to let them down.  Realizing the cost to them, I didn’t want their sacrifices for me to be in vain.

In a letter to the congregation in Corinth, the apostle Paul writes something similar.  Realizing all that God has done for you, don’t let God’s grace for you be in vain:

Since we work together with him, we are also begging you not to receive the grace of God in vain. – 2 Corinthians 6:1

Blessed to be a blessing, graced to be gracious.  I’m finding that motivates me today.  How about you?  After all that God has done for you, who can you bless?  Who can you grace today?  Who has made sacrifices to get you to where you are today?

We might mess it up, but let it never be for a lack of effort.  “Love isn’t love until you give it away.”  Now let’s get out there and give it all we got.  Don’t let God’s grace be in vain!

Prayer:  Lord, you’ve done so much for me, for us.  May it never be in vain.  Amen.