What do others see when they look at you?

Trophies of Grace!

Sitting alone in my home office tears began streaming down my face. I am overwhelmed by the kindness of God displayed through friends and family. Two minutes prior, I posted on Facebook about a personal milestone I had reached. Friends and family responded with supportive, affirming comments immediately. The comments flooded in for at least 20 minutes straight. I praised God for his miracle-working power in my life and received the affirmation.

Some may not like the attention I drew to myself - I suppose I am guilty.

Some may feel my vulnerability was inappropriate - I suppose it was uncommon.

Some may question my motives - I suppose I had both personal and selfless reasons.

One thing is for sure; I was being obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit. You may be thinking, what did you say, Dustin? Feel free to check out my Facebook page and see for yourself if you'd like. It was a post from December 7, 2020.


This experience, reminded me of Tullian Tchividjian. Tulllian is a grandson of the well-known evangelist Billy Graham. He writes on his blog about the idea of believers being trophies of grace instead of examples of morality. Tullian puts it this way,

"In my opinion, the days of a “good” and “clean” person telling other “good” and “clean” people how to be better and cleaner are over. The majority of people see right through Christian leaders who deny the reality of their depravity and who see themselves as examples of morality rather than trophies of grace. People crave realness, rawness, authenticity, brutal honesty, and the courage to acknowledge the darker side of the human struggle and how God’s love and grace touch us in those places where we most acutely feel our leprosy."

What do you think? Are you tired of keeping up appearances? Are you sick of living in isolation with your secrets and shortfalls? What do others see when they look at your life? An authentic trophy of grace or a phony example of morality?


In January 2020, I decided to live an authentic lifestyle that showcases the grace of God at work in my life. I share my story whenever God presents an opportunity for me to do so. The story God has given me (and the story God has given you!) is not to hoard. My story is to share. It illustrates God's grace at work.

"The majority of people see right through Christian leaders who deny the reality of their own depravity and who see themselves as examples of morality rather than trophies of grace." -Tullian Tchividjian

This article is not a knock on Christian Leaders. I am a Christian leader. I aim to challenge Jesus followers to stop playing image management. Stop trying to be an example of right and wrong. Be a trophy of grace! It is more appealing to a nonbeliever than any example of morality. An example of morality reminds people how short they fall to measuring up over and over again. A trophy of grace invites people to let God into their mess. It provides a picture of hope that all things are possible through the grace of God at work in a person's heart!


What do others see when they look at you?

I don't want people to see only Dustin. I don't want people to only celebrate Dustin. I hope people see God at work. I hope they celebrate the power of Jesus Christ on display! Let's not forget the example Jesus sets for us in leading us to himself:

What do others see when they look at you?

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