I’d been wanting to write for the People of the Second Chance “Never Beyond” poster series on grace, but I was waiting for the right figure’s inspiration. Casey Anthony, Mike Tyson, and Darth Vader are salient examples of second-chance needers, but I was looking for someone I could relate to a little more. Maybe a Hester Prynne type– someone who wasn’t readily acceptable in church circles but who hadn’t really hurt anyone with their most recognizable brand of sin. And then these words hit me hard and deep:
We all haunt someone’s grace limit.
Who could put up your poster and be reminded to give radical grace?
And I realized that the poster I’d been waiting for was this:
I don’t need a relatable figure.
I am the most audacious sinner I know.
I have slept with your husband and called it “acceptable” because you hadn’t yet met.
I have led you on and called it “justified” because I liked how it made me feel.
I have begrudged you a happy relationship and called it “understandable” because mine was so badly broken.
I have tempted you a hundred ways in your mind and called it “innocent” because we never touched.
And I am audacious to ask it, but I am asking you for grace.
I am asking to eat with your community group.
I am asking to sit beside you at Bible study.
I am asking to teach your children.
I am asking to lead your worship service.
And I am still an audacious sinner in need of Audacious Grace.
Where have you been given audacious grace?
Where have you been reluctant to give it?