You have a deep dark secret you try to hide from everyone, including yourself. You don’t feel like you measure up. You’re not worthy. You’re just not good enough and never will be. Carrying this burden is hard enough on its own. But it’s especially painful when you feel like you’re on your own. God gets it. And it breaks God’s heart. That’s why God is doubling down so you will know just how cherished you are, how much God is in love with you and how nothing can ever change that.
The most important thing you can do in life is make sure the main thing remains the main thing. And the mainest main thing in life is experiencing the fullness of God’s love in Jesus as your Savior and Lord, loving God with everything you’ve got and loving your neighbor just like yourself. Sure, there are going to be days when it will be more difficult than you can ever imagine because life gets real messy. But keep making the mainest thing your most important thing, and you’ll be amazed what your life is like.
Some days life is exciting, wonderful and joyful. Others it’s painful, difficult and overwhelming. But mostly it’s just routine, mundane and normal.
On good days we praise You. On painful days we call out to You. But most days we only think about You occasionally.
Lord, we know You are with us every day. Reaching out to us. Entering into our lives. Filling us to overflowing with Your unconditional love. Calling us to live Your purpose for our lives. Challenging us to be the people You have created us to be. And we are so grateful.
But mostly, Lord, we thank You for simply journeying through life with us. Day by day. Week by week. Year by year. Because this means we already have everything we need.
The first flowers of the spring. The birth of a child. A beautiful sunset. A cancer patient living every day with joy. The vastness of the cosmos on a clear night. Someone reaching out to feed a hungry child. These are not merely moments in life. They are seeds of grace God is planting that transform you from the inside-out. So what if you were to spend your day finding the seeds God plants – and then were to make your life’s work nurturing, tending and harvesting them? Now that’s a life to get excited about living!
You take your relationship with God seriously. But are you doing the one thing that really matters most to God – falling passionately in love with God? What you believe matters, why you do what you do matters and how you live matters. But God doesn’t need you to be perfect, prove how good a person you are or go through life being a superhero. All God wants is for you to fall so passionately in love with God that you can fully experience how passionately God is in love with you.
Bad news is inevitable. So it’s not surprising your initial impulse is to try to hide, ignore or spin it into something better – even when you know it’s not going to work. But there is a better way. Don’t simply hide from bad news – let God help you accept it as needed information. Don’t just ignore it – allow God to use it to help you grow. And don’t merely spin it – ask God to turn it into amazing grace. Yes, bad news is inevitable. But God’s Good News is always the last word.