Fear of Not Measuring Up

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“When I look from my place in the world into God’s Kingdom, I quickly come to think of God as the keeper of some great celestial scoreboard, and I will always be afraid of not making the grade. But as soon as I look from God’s welcoming home into the world, I discover that God loves with a divine love, a love that cedes to all women and men their uniqueness without ever comparing.” – Nouwwn in The Return of the Prodigal Son

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I’ve got to be honest, in the back of my mind, when I’m alone with my thoughts, this is how I see it. Can God really love me? Is he not really put out with me for never measuring up? Can a God who creates the universe, gives and sustains life, judges the righteous and the unrighteous…can that God really love me? My guess is that in our heart of hearts, this is a question with which we all wrestle.

What a great reminder today from Henri Nouwen that God doesn’t keep an eternal scorecard and compare you to others. He loves you as a child. Deeply, compassionately, unwaveringly, eternally. That’s good news worth talking about today.

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