Hebrews 4:14-16 (NKJV)

14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

When I look at the word grace, I break it down into two parts.  The word grace has a g in front of race.  In life our time upon Earth is a race.  We win some and we lose some.  Some races we are more prepared for to win.  Some races have curves, hills and bumps we are not prepared to take on.  We finish the races always learning something.  The thing God wants us to know is He was in every race with us.  This is where the G comes from in front of race.  We always win when God is in the race with us.  The race now is seen as grace.  We won because He was with us.  We won when we thought we did not win.  Maybe we did not think we won because we were not worthy.  We won because we endured.  We won because we could race and finish the race.

We need to give God the glory for allowing us to be in the race.  We give Him the glory win or lose.  That can be hard at times.  God wants to show us His grace.  When we are weak He is strong.  He is there to help us in the journey.  Character building throughout life can be difficult at times.  Just when we thought we could see the finish line we mess up.  Just when we thought we had all the training we needed, we find out we are not prepared, but He is prepared to show us what we need.  He is prepared to show us to help grow us.

Winning is easy to take, but we need to be good winners as well as good losers.  We grow by competing and developing.  The race is won when we accept grace and share grace.  Let us look at grace today and see how we have won and continue to win when we run that Godly race that is simplified in one word called grace.