Best Quote on Grace for My Summer

Kara Powell | Jul 22, 2009

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I seem to be in this rut of reading Dallas Willard books on my vacation, and I read one last week while in Northern California. It’s Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship With God, and I must say that I wasn’t impacted by it as much as I was “Divine Conspiracy” several summers ago.

But I seem to be drawn to Dallas Willard quotes and I got a great one from Hearing God. Dallas writes, “Grace is not opposed to effort; it is opposed to earning”. That is my new favorite quote about grace.

I wrestle so much with how to rest in the good things of the Lord and yet obey as God intends. How do I have true grace—not “cheap grace” (to quote Bonhoeffer) or a lack of grace that’s more like legalism? How do I help students find and experience that same grace themselves? As we’re seeing in our College Transition Project, a true understanding of grace is so important before kids graduate.

Grace doesn’t mean no effort. It means no earning.

Amazing.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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