I Believe in Grace, by Rev. Micah James

As an administrator, I see things through the lens of management. I see things through charts and graphs. I see things in tangibles. But there is one thing that I cannot chart, the gift of grace. I have experienced grace in many moments of my life. It is one of the greatest ways I experience God’s love in this world. I believe in grace.

 “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.” – Romans 11:6 ESV

When I entered TCU in 2001, I thought I could earn my way to the top. I thought that I could make my mark by my efforts alone. What I soon discovered is that without the gracious, helpful hands of those around me, I would spend a lot of energy to gain just a little ground.

In my experience at TCU, over and over again, I was offered experiences, opportunities and challenges. I would not be the person I am today without those moments of grace.

From mentors to professors, colleagues and friends, TCU created a space that was full of grace-filled experiences. God has set a path before me and placed loving people along the way. People who showed me that with or without works, I am loved and I am enough.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast.”
 – Ephesians 2:8-9 NRSV

I experienced these moments as a glimpse of God’s greater love. Grace is something I cannot not explain or quantify. Grace is freely given, over and over. Grace has been freely given to me. I believe in grace.

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GA TIB BOOK Micah JamesRev. Micah James, CCA (TCU Class of 2005 & Brite Divinity Class of 2012) is an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a Certified Church Administrator. Micah serves on the ministry staff of First Christian Church of Edmond, OK as their Associate Minister to Faith Formation.  Micah is the mom of two adorable kiddos, Oden (3) and Zoey (1). In 2015, Micah will celebrate ten years of marriage to her awesome partner/spouse, Nick James (also a Horned Frog, Class of 2005).