I had many conversations this weekend, but my brain keeps coming back to these two (which I had with different people.) The two thoughts below are fully courtesy of My Wise Friends, not me 🙂
We see ourselves as caterpillars; God sees us as butterflies. Because of Christ’s work for us, we are not the lumpy mounds of fur and goop we think we are. We are priceless treasures — unlocked to our fullest potential — we are beautiful, glorifying the One who made us.
Effective correction (on either a personal level or a management/corporate level) has three components: first, a praise. Second, the correction. Third, a vision of hope for the correctee’s full potential and how this suggested change in behavior will help get there.
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I keep wondering how to unlock that “thing” — knowing that Christ died for me, knowing He loves and approves of me fully, knowing I am precious and fully loved in Him, knowing I have depths of unsearchable riches in Him. I keep wanting to see that change from head knowledge to daily heart experience. I want deep unshakeable joy. I long for it in my friends’ lives as well.
This weekend, the Spirit brought this verse to mind.
“And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Faith is coming to Jesus like a little kid. Faith is taking God at his word when He says He is with you, when He says He loves you, when He says He isn’t up in heaven getting mad at you for the things the humans around you get mad at. In fact, God is fully delighted with you — with me — with my silly comments and love of color, with my bad puns and my affection for dinosaurs.
My derpiness, forgetfulness, and selfishness do not put Him off. Neither do any of my other flaws. I do not need to live in fear of what God thinks of me. He told me what He thinks of me, and it is more wonderful than I can get my head around.