Grace is a very common, if not slightly ‘overused’ word, especially in this part of the earth. Hardly will any day pass without you hearing the word or even saying it yourself. A typical conversation goes like this:
“How was your night?”
“Fine, we thank God. How was yours?”
“Fine too. Will you go to office|school|market|church today?”
“Yes by God’s Grace”
Hehe, that’s the word right there! I use it often too, most times unconsciously. And if you’re wondering why I’m talking about Grace this morning, it is because a face has been ‘officially’ attached to the dictionary meaning of the word. So now, right beside the word Grace, you will see the face of Olajumoke Orisaguna.
Except you’ve been living under a rock with no internet access in the past few weeks, you must have heard about Olajumoke Orisaguna, the bread seller turned model. If you really haven’t heard a thing about her, just type ‘Olajumoke’ with or without the surname in google search and it will return about 1,030,000 results to you in 0.34 seconds. Yeah, she’s that popular and trending right now.
Her story, discovered by photographer and singer TY Bello (you can watch her interview on YouTube here), is a very inspiring one and naturally has spiked interest in many quarters. Her story has attracted the attention of high and far reaching media houses including CNN.com and the huffingtonpost.co.uk. A lot of local and international organisations now bid to associate with her. Ask about a classical grass to Grace story and I’ll tell you about Olajumoke Orisaguna.
So today’s topic is Grace and Grace, and that’s because I am talking about two definitions of the word:
- Grace – Elegant movement, poise or balance.
- Grace – Free and undeserved favour, especially of God. Unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration; To dignify or raise by an act of favour; to honour.
The first definition of Grace refers to one’s carriage – a manner of walking and moving in general; how one carries oneself, bearing, gait. Honestly, the first time I saw the photo shoot of the British rap artist ,Tinie Tempah (ironically, I didn’t know his name before I needed to write this), that Olajumoke, the bread seller, photo-bombed, I thought it was a pre-planned concept! She appeared so poised for the pix with her regal step and elegant gait (and in my head, I assumed the rap-artist was told to be looking at Jumoke’s bread as part of the concept). Little wonder TY Bello had to search for her when she saw the photos, Jumoke got Grace!
The second definition of Grace refers to unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration; to change their story and turn their lives around. This is the kind of Grace that has found graceful Jumoke through TY Bello. Jumoke is not literate yet; by human qualifications and standards, she does not merit the favours showered on her; she did not have connections in high places… but Grace found her and today, she shakes hands with people I only get to see in the media. Her story is the testimony of what Grace can do. Grace finds you and re-writes your story. Grace makes you a reference point for good.
Ever since Jumoke Orisaguna’s story went viral, a large number of Nigerians look forward to such a day when luck will shine on them. But before you join the wishful thinkers, here are some key things I’ll like you to know about Grace:
- Grace, in terms of poise and carriage (1st definition) is something you have to consciously develop in yourself. It increases your market value.
- Divine Grace, in terms of unmerited favour (2nd definition) is available to all. God gives His unmerited favour to all His children at one time or the other. Yours may not be as pronounced as Jumoke’s trending story but truth is, we are all living solely by God’s Grace.
- Grace, unmerited favour to dignify or raise by an act of favour does not ‘land’ on laziness or idle hands. You must be doing something, no matter how little. Jumoke wouldn’t have photo-bombed any shoot if she was sitting at home, folding her hands and waiting for manna to fall from above.
- You don’t have to go looking for Grace, Grace will find you. God is Faithful, the grace you desire, He will give you. Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find – Matt.7:7
- Beyond being a receiver of Grace, there is a higher and better level of being a giver, an instrument through which God can show His unmerited favour. No matter how popular or trending Olajumoke is now, her grace does not surpass or outshine that of TY Bello.
Which do you want to be – a giver or a receiver? You can be both, for we all need God’s divine grace but it is more blessed to give than to receive – Acts 20:35. You don’t have to be a millionaire before God can use you to change someone’s story. One of the secrets to obtaining God’s unmerited favour is to be the answer to someone else’s prayers – what you make happen for others, God will make happen for you.
And that’s the summary of “Grace And Grace” on today’s Monday e-Boost, I hope you have been inspired? Please don’t forget to share your opinions in the comment box.
Thank you for reading today’s post. Wishing y’all a GraceFull week as we work towards being instruments of Grace to those around us.
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