Blue Like Jazz

I'm currently reading Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz and I found a quote this morning that I couldn't not share.

Here's what he says about God's Grace and Charity towards us:

"In exchange for our humility and willingness to accept the charity of God, we are given a kingdom.  And a beggar's kingdom is better than a proud man's delusion." (Miller, Kindle location 769-771)

In the section before this quote Donald talks about how difficult it is to accept the grace and charity of God for what it is... Free.  Humans, for some reason, have this idea that we can do it on our own so we don't rely on God to give us His free gift, we feel we have to earn it.  We have to be good enough, we have to continue to do what He asks, we have to brush our teeth and say our prayers or He won't love us any more.

When we no longer believe that lie our lives CHANGE! God gives us a kingdom, the one He set out to give us from the beginning, and even if your kingdom isn't that great (it will be) it's better than living the lie that you can do it on your own.

I love this!

God, help me to stop living the lie and rely on you.

Have you experienced this in your life?  Have you ever thought about the fact that God's love, grace and mercy are FREE?  How has this changed your life?