Having the Courage and Humility to Receive Jesus’ Gift of Life

A Gift Beyond Mortal understanding

Dear Reader:

I am halfway through the book-The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

In this story a retired man who has never really lived-simply going through the motions and strikes of life – starts walking one day with one vague destination in mind -a self-endured pilgrimage that opens up his eyes, heart, and soul to the secrets of the meaning of life.

He begins giving more of himself to complete strangers than he ever could do with work colleagues and/or even his family.

But he discovers to his surprise that accepting kindness from others is the hardest thing to learn for him-he realizes that ” It was as much of a gift to receive as it is to give, requiring as it did both courage and humility.”

This is what I felt again yesterday-how can mankind accept life-everlasting life-from Christ Who sacrificed His life for ours???

And then the first word that popped up in my head had big blinking neon lights around it-GRACE!

Only by the Grace of God are we saved-not just by words, deeds, or thoughts. We have to find the courage and humility to accept a gift-so mind boggling that we sometimes want to run from it-a free gift that we can’t pay back until we are brave enough to reach out and accept it.

As I happily immersed myself in our Dingle-Turner Easter Family Celebration -the first time we have all been together since Easter 2017-the year before Eloise’s birth- I understood the expression ” My cup Runneth Over. “

” The Gang’s All Here!”
On your mark… Go!
Mandy Outdid Herself
Eloise’s first Hunt
We all had a swinging good time – Rutledge found the prize egg!

So until tomorrow…Stay true to Your Instincts on Who You Really Are Deep Inside-this is the one and only person Jesus saved on the cross!

” Today is my favorite Day” -Winnie the Pooh

* Thank all of you so much for your precious cards, thoughts, and messages! Hope everyone enjoyed Easter Day 2021!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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5 Responses to Having the Courage and Humility to Receive Jesus’ Gift of Life

  1. What a beautiful family, Becky. The grands are growing so fast that I nearly missed Eloise.


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Love the family picture..
    We got one but we were missing 30 plus…Mom and Dad believed in “be fruitful and multiply”


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Wow…30 Plus…Good grief Charlie Brown! 🙂 I am sure the ones who were there loved being together…what a gorgeous Easter Day…just like in the movies…picture perfect!


  3. Beth Brewer says:

    So happy you were all able to be together! God is good.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Yes God is….good, gooder and goodest…and I felt every good all day long being with the family. Hope you had a terrific Easter Sunday and I want to thank you for your continued reader loyalty and encouraging messages.


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