As I was writing yesterday’s post, I couldn’t help but think of a book I once read for Sunday school called “What’s so Amazing About Grace?” I have to admit, I didn’t read the whole thing, but I did buy a very cool, visual version, which I highly recommend.
These are the pages that always stood out to me.
“Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us MORE–no amount of spiritual calisthenics and renunciations, no amount of knowledge gained from seminaries and divinity schools, no amount of crusading on behalf of righteous causes.”
“And, grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us LESS–no amount of racism or pride or pornography or adultery or even murder.”
Hmm…so does that translate to my own, every day life, too?
You mean to tell me there is no amount of perfection I can achieve (or not achieve) to make me a “good” person? One that God, and everyone else (including myself) approves of?
Women spend a lot of time judging themselves, beating themselves up, worrying we are not “good,” or “appropriate” or “pretty” or “skinny” or “smart” enough.
But when I read those lines I realize none of that matters.
God loves me no matter what. I love AJH no matter what. I love Clara and Sophie no matter what, and I have never even met them.
So why don’t I feel the same about myself?
As I said in my first Worthy Wednesday post, “Would you tell an innocent baby boy like Cliff that he isn’t worthy because of his situation? Because he has no parents? Because he is sick? Because he needs help?”
Would you tell those precious girls they are not “perfect” just the way they are?
I didn’t think so.
So don’t do it to yourself.
Each one of us deserves the same love as baby Cliff, baby Clara, and baby Sophie, the same love you feel for your own babies, the same love you feel for all of those that you care, and want the best for.
|*my little piece of heaven*|
Spread the grace. And spread the love.
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