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“Be Happy…Not Because Everything Is Good, But Because You Can See The Good In Everything”

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What's the Difference Between Grace and Karma?

I sat at a table of friends as one relayed her experience with road rage. She told how she absent-mindedly merged into traffic and almost hit an oncoming car. The driver of said car then lashed out with a tirade of abuse and obscenity. Once the traffic cleared the car sped past her, still yelling abuse.

Funnily enough, a few minutes later my friend noticed the abusive driver pulled over by highway patrol.

Someone at the table piped up and said a word I hate to hear, “Karma,” – the insidious, normalised, celebrity-endorsed worldview that what you put out comes back to you.

You don’t have to go far to hear people refer to karma – on reality television, the radio, in conversation. Regardless of its Buddhist and Hindu origins, karma has seeped into our Judaeo-Christian society. Like its cool. A new standard.

In reality is is neither.

Karma is not Biblical nor is it life according to the New Testament. God’s kingdom operates by grace.

And grace is very different to karma.

What’s so amazing about karma? 

Karma refers to intentional actions that impact one’s future. It is a key concept in many world religions, including Sikhism and Taoism. Our western understanding of karma is the doctrine of inevitable consequence, where whatever you do is returned to you.

And there is nothing amazing about it.

Karma teaches you get what you deserve. Worse still, it teaches you get what your past deserves, even if it isn’t your past.

In modern society people rejoice when the wicked get what they deserve in the form of financial hardship, health issues or relationship struggles.

While many people – including those who have no other association with Eastern religion – live by karma, there is a higher way.

Looking for Grace

The Bible does not teach karma. It teaches grace. Grace is where you get what you don’t deserve.

Grace is unmerited favour. It is love and mercy bestowed upon us by God because He desires us to have it. As you can see, very different to karma. More like polar opposites.

It was grace, not karma, that rescued the Baby Moses from death. It was grace that allowed Queen Esther to plead for the survival of her people. Grace helped Nehemiah rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Grace appeared face to face with Saul on the Damascus road.

Grace reached out to you and me while we were sinners deserving death and took our place.

Grace. Amazing grace.

And it disappoints me that we have forgotten. It disappoints me we are more inclined to look for karma than we are to look for grace.

In the book, Bono: iIn Conversation with Mishka Assayas, Bono commented, “I’d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge… I’m holding out for grace. I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross…”

If the world knew the magnificence of God’s grace they would be holding out for it as well. Because I’ve got a feeling society doesn’t need more karma but a whole lot more grace.

If there was more grace there would be less road rage.

If there was more grace there would be less divorce.

If there was more grace families would talk to each other.

If there were more grace there would be less racism.

If there were more grace there would be less violence.

If there were more grace there would be more kindness.

More love.

Getting what you deserve is horrible because if we’re honest, we all deserve a rotten life. Getting what you don’t deserve is some kind of wonderful. And it is all around us. If we opened our eyes we would see grace working on the planet each and every day.

It was grace that got my sister-in-law an upgrade to business class on her trip from London to Australia. It was grace that caused a stranger to give my children free tickets to the zoo. It was grace that delivered groceries to single moms on Christmas Eve. Grace was the parking space at the Mall. Grace was the out of the blue phone call from a friend. Grace was the smile of a child. Grace was the not so random act of kindness you received.

Grace. Pure grace.

Getting what you don’t deserve. A gift from God.

Let’s look for the incorruptible, glorious gifts of God’s grace working through and around us in everyday life. No one deserves the consequences of karma. We all need amazing grace.

Sarah Coleman

Author

http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/what-s-the-difference-between-grace-and-karma.html

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Coconut Cream Pie

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Ingredients:

Pie crust- 1 and 1/4 cups  flour, 1/3 cup shortening, 4 tablespoons cold water, and a dash of salt.

Meringue- 3 eggs whites, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 6 tablespoons sugar.

Coconut Cream Pie filling – 4 eggs, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup corn starch, 3 cups milk, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, and 1 and 1/3 cup flaked coconut.

I go about this in 3 steps. Crust, filling, and meringue.

Stir together flour and a dash of salt. Using a pastry blender or fork, cut in shortening making small pieces. Sprinkle with the water and push moistened dough together forming a ball. Flatten somewhat with hands and roll out on a lightly floured surface. Unroll pastry into a 9 inch pie plate and prick the sides and bottom of the pastry in the pie plate with a fork . Line it with a double thickness of foil. Bake at 450 degrees for 8 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 5 minutes or till golden. Cool on a wire rack.

For the filling, first separate the egg yokes from the whites; set whites aside for the meringue. Combine the sugar and cornstarch. Gradually add milk. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. (The bubbling will be slight and your hand will get really tired and hot near the end)

Remove the filling from the heat. Slightly beat the egg yokes with a fork. Gradually stir some of the hot filling into the yokes and stir. Then pour the egg yoke mixture into the hot filling and bring to a gentle boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes. (Keep it low and at a gentle boil. The filling is hot and sometimes it bubbles out at ya) Remove from heat and stir in butter, vanilla, and 1 cup coconut.

Pour the filling into the baked pastry shell and spread meringue over the warm filling. (Seal to edge) Sprinkle 1/3 cup coconut over the meringue and bake at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes.

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“Remember the past, plan for the future, but live for today, because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come.”

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A quick and healthy school time snack. Or appetizer. Or what have you.

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1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed, drained and partially mashed

1/2 cup drained canned whole kernel corn   cooked white or whole grain rice

1/3 cup salsa

1/4 water

2 teaspoons chili powder

5  ounces shredded cheddar cheese

1 small jalapeno pepper and/or poblano pepper, sliced

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine beans and next 4 ingredients; pour into a lightly greased small casserole dish. Sprinkle with cheese and top with pepper slices. Cover and bake for 20 minutes  or until cheese is melted and filling is bubbly. Uncover and cook 5 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips or other crunchy crackers.

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Updated: Love this recipe so much more without the corn. The rice is way better.

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we love this Music!

A.J. Jenkins, singer/songwriter

Listen and watch on You Tube or visit the website.

Terrific songs for toddlers. Educational and fun in a soothing folk music style.

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