|Embracing Grace & Living|
The shirt resonated with me so much because it plays on one of my favorite quotes: There but for the grace of God go I.
I always assumed it was a quote from the bible, but as I look harder, it's not really. Loosely connected to 1 Corinthians 15:10, which reads in part: "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain." (from my New Oxford Annotated Bible).
Of course, I first found the quote in a Mighty, Mighty Bosstones song.
I'm not a coward, I've just never been tested.
I like to think that if I was, I would pass
Look at the tested and think, 'there but for the grace go I
Might be a coward, I'm afraid of what I might find out
For a time I wanted to get that tattooed somewhere: There but for the grace go I. I still might. So, when I saw the shirt, it brought that all to mind. And I need a reminder to grab life with both hands and ride it until the wheels fall off. I might not be the target market for this shirt as I'm not so much a religion blogger, but I want more grace and adventure in my life.
Let me say that again: I want more grace and adventure in my life. And the way to make that happen is to make. that. happen.
I instagrammed the picture of myself in the shirt above, and (true to form) my post included a typo in which I said "grave" instead of "grace."
Because of course it did. Because even my social media knows that "grace" is not a thing usually associated with me.
So I corrected the typo and laughed it off, and that was that. Because that's the kind of grace that resonates with me—Kindness. Forgiveness. Even for myself.
And because I had so many ask about where I got this fabulous shirt? I picked mine up at the Arkansas Women Bloggers conference, but you can find yours at the Women Bloggers website, where shirt designer Amanda Farris has this and other designs available for purchase.