Gracious Act

After all the years of being a powerboat chaplain with tunnel boat racers the most amazing thing about our community is the way they help each other out when somebody is in need.
More than once I have seen a racer loan another racer the mystical finishing touch to their race set-up: a beautiful, competitive racing prop!
What did the fellow racer do to deserve the faster racing prop?  Absolutely nothing!  He just happens to be a “family” member in need.

What we are talking about here is grace: receiving something you really do not deserve.  A racing prop is a delicate thing, easily bent or broken…and expensive!  The loan is a gracious act.
This is what God does for us in the race of life.  He gives us the greatest gift of all.  Though we do not deserve it, He graciously gives us His son to add the finishing touch to our lives.
“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”  Ephesians 2:8
Father, I do not deserve it, but thank you for the gift of your Son as the finishing touch to my life.   Amen.

About the author – Laurie Vidal is a Sports Chaplain for Powerboat Racing. He writes an occasional devotion called the “One Minute Gun”. In powerboat racing there is a “one minute gun” to warn the boaters that they have to be in position and ready to go.


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