The Swap is a site which encourages life to be lived according to 2 Corinthians 12:9:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
As humans, we see our weaknesses in a negative light. Sometimes, we’re even afraid of our weaknesses.We see them as limitations, and believe that in some way, they make us less valuable.
This, of course, is far from the truth. God has no problem with our weaknesses… he created us with them. They make his involvement within our lives apparent. That is the divine message that Paul relays in his second letter to the Corinthians. Weaknesses are not a bad thing. Weaknesses are not a problem. Weaknesses leave room for God’s grace… or at least leave room for us to realize his grace is there.
In my life, I’ve used “swapping” as a way to grow in holiness. I didn’t coin the term myself. It actually became a part of my life after my sister invited me to be a part of an online fabric exchange called a “hexie swap.” I sent pieces of fabric that I no longer wanted to the host, and in exchange, I got the same number of fabric pieces back… but it was all new fabric (to me at least). I got rid of what I wanted and got something new in its place.
The morning after I received my swapped hexies, this verse from Corinthians was a part of my morning prayer, and I realized that my entire life as a Catholic had been nothing but millions of moments in which I swapped my human weakness for God’s grace. Thus, the art of “swapping” was born.
Whatever difficulty I face throughout the day, I stop, and I visualize a swap: my inability to deal with a situation goes into God’s hands, and he gives me all the grace I need to make it through the challenge virtuously.
I’m convinced that “swapping” is a way to grow in holiness. It always has been, but it just has never really been referred to by such terminology. I think usually, it’s more common to hear about “opening oneself to receive”– and I by no means disagree with that. As Catholics, everything about our faith points to Christ and accessing his grace. We cannot be disciples of Christ without it… I’d even go as far as to say that we cannot be happy without grace. Opening ourselves is key… but we have to make room for the grace as well– right? That’s why I like the image of a “grace swap”… surrendering my weakness/fears/failures/sins and trading them for God’s grace. It requires more of us than simply opening the door and letting grace in… it compels us to let go of the lies we believe about ourselves.