Most Christians I know start or end their words with ‘by God’s grace’ or something related. I’ve been a Christian for more than four years and I am yet to start or end my words with ‘by God’s grace’. I am yet to say “I will come next week, by God’s grace” or “My business is fine by God’s grace” or “By God’s grace, we will make it”. I just tell you I will come and the business is fine and we will make it. I just talk. I just respond. I just expect.
I don’t think this is a problem per se. I really don’t want to start saying ‘by God’s grace’ either. I’m simply wondering why, four years later, these words are yet to permeate my vocabulary. I believe in grace. I pray for grace but it has never occurred to me that it is something to say so frequently.
So, these people who say ‘by God’s grace’, are they more believing in grace than I am? Are they humbler than I am? Are they more trusting in God’s ability or is it simply a rite of passage, a mark of being Bible-believing, some form of indoctrination?
By not saying it, is there something wrong with my heart or am I just stubbornly refusing to speak Christianese?