One of my favorite moments in the Bible is found in Ephesians 2:8, which tells us that God’s grace is a free gift. There’s nothing we can do to earn it and no reason for us to brag about it. Grace is often overlooked but it’s there. It’s constant. The reality of it should change your heart, your mind and who you are.
When I look back at my life, there are two moments when I see God’s grace so clearly at work. Years ago, my wife and I were really struggling to get pregnant. We were told in the fall of 2016 that we wouldn’t be able to have kids of our own. I remember when we got home, we went right into the bedroom and I held my wife while both of us cried. Out of desperation, we immediately started praying. I didn’t know what to say or do; there was nothing I could say or do, but I could pray. Then it hit me — the last thing that journey brought me to was the first thing I should have been doing all along: pray. God tells us to cast it all on Him because He cares for us.
In the summer of 2017, we found out that my wife was pregnant. But it wasn’t then that I experienced God’s peace. It was in the moment when I couldn’t say or do anything. When I brought it all to God, I experienced an overwhelming peace. Before that, I had always been the guy people went to for help or advice. I seemed to always have something to say that could help ease the pain. But in that moment, I had nothing. I learned then that God offers peace when we can’t conjure up our own strength. He gave me a new identity when I didn’t know what to do.
The other moment came about a year ago, after I made the Pro Bowl and signed a new contract. In the midst of all the publicity and great news, I felt so empty. It wasn’t necessarily that I lost sight of the Lord, and I was so thankful and excited for all that was happening, but I was getting too caught up in myself. During a long drive back to Virginia, I sat in silence and turned to God. In that silence, He reminded me of the same truth I always sign along with my autograph: Matthew 10:39, which says, “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for My sake will find it.”
At that moment, with no other distractions, I thought, “What an idiot!” Every time I sign my autograph I sign this truth. But for so long I’ve had a different attitude in mind, which left me feeling lost inside. That moment of recollection reminded me that I need to lose my life for Christ — to serve people, love my family, and live for Christ alone. That’s who I want to be.
Once again, I found my identity in Christ when I decided to lose my life for His sake every day. It’s when we are left with nothing, that we realize we have everything we could ever want or imagine in Him alone.
— Tress Way, Washington punter
Tress Way is a regular contributor to The Increase and provides monthly articles and opinions. Check out Tress’s Increase profile here.
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