Elyse Fitzpatrick was one of my high school Bible teachers. Of course, she was just "Mrs Fitz" to us then, not the well-known author writing books and getting posted on the Gospel Coalition website! Back then I was the budding 5 Point Calvinist and she my main theological sparring partner. We seem to have crossed each other though as I've very much moderated my youthful Calvin obsession ("I am a C... I am a CA... I am a CALVINIST, and I have CALVIN in my HEART...") and she's now heating up the Reformed blogoshpere. At any rate, one thing we can now wholeheartedly agree on is how the Gospel makes a real difference even in our every day life. Her example here is extremely mundane, and I doubt that I'd necessarily unpack things to this depth in the Grocery store, but it's a great rundown of how the Gospel can and should make a difference for us at some of the harder moments in life.
Briefly, here’s how the whole gospel message might impact me when I’m struggling with my own unbelief, idolatry and sin: Let’s say that I’ve got company coming over for dinner and I realize that I’m running low on table salt. I calculate the time I need to get to the store, get the salt and get home so that I can be a gracious, organized hostess (idols everywhere here). I jump in my car, race up to the store, grab the salt and run to the Quick Check Out line only to find myself stuck behind another woman who obviously didn’t read the “10 Items or Less” sign. Instantly I’m angry and then, because I know that my anger is sinful, I feel guilty and then, because I remember all the times I’ve failed like this, I despair. Now, what are my options?Read the rest of a very cool article here