Isaac answered Esau, “I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?” Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud. - Genesis 37:37-38
After Jacob snuck in an got Isaac's final blessing, Esau goes to his father and asks to be blessed. But Isaac's understanding of blessing limits him. From the vantage point of his culture, he only has ONE blessing to give - clearly not enough to bless his TWO children. Esau gets left out.
Like Isaac, so many times the ways our family has treated us limit our ability to encourage, bless, and build up others. We feel we have such limited resources or in our misdirected ways try to make others live up to a certain standard in order to earn our encouragement.
If there's one thing the bible is clear about, it's that God's generous, unending love has no limits and cannot be earned. That's why it uses the word grace so much - it's without condition and without limit.
Where do you need to experience grace for yourself today? Who in your life needs to experience grace from you? (now step into the reality that the answers to those two questions invites you into!).