I subscribe to a RSS feed from Give Away of the Day. It offers free downloads of various software. I've found a couple useful.
Before I decide to try the give away of the day software I always read the comments others have made. The wide spectrum of complements and complaints never ceases to amaze me. One person thinks the program is the best thing since sliced bread (though no one uses that exact phrasing, I'm showing my age again). Another person thinks the same program is a pile of garbage and a waste of time.
As I read the comments I ask myself, "who do I believe?" Being one who believes there no such thing as a free lunch, I tend to put more credence in the negative comments.
I wonder if this is the reason so many people have trouble wrapping their minds around God's grace. We tend to put a value on things based on what it has cost us, and not just in monetary ways. If I spend a lot of hours finishing a woodworking project, it takes on an importance which far outweighs its actual worth, because it cost me my labor.
It's this kind of thinking that leads many people to believe they must earn God's favor. If it's worth having, and obviously I think it is, then it's worth working for. But grace cannot be earned, it's free. Grace is the most contra-intuitive thing in all the universe. The most valuable thing we can ever possess is the give away of the day.
If you haven't "downloaded" God's grace for yourself, take the word of certified skeptic that this is one that you don't want to pass up. And it's as easy as saying to God, "God, help me! Save me by your grace."