Fred Butler dropped out of school in order to support his mother and five younger siblings. Therefore, he never earned a high school diploma, and that always bothered him.
Butler went on to accomplish a lot in life. He served in WWII, he was married for 65 years, raised five children and worked for years for the water department, but he always felt that something was missing because he had not graduated from high school.
He has his diploma now. At the age of 106, Fred Butler was awarded his honorary diploma recently. School officials, state lawmakers and the mayor were among the attendees at the emotion-filled ceremony.
Fred Butler’s only concern was that he had not earned it.
Many Christians feel ill at ease about their standing with God. They hope that they are saved, but their concern is that they didn’t earn it.
Grace is difficult for us to understand. Perhaps that’s why the theme is addressed so often in the Bible. God wants us to know that we don’t have to earn our salvation. In fact, it is impossible for us to do so. We are saved by our faith in Jesus.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”—Ephesians 1:8-9.