Monday, March 9, 2015

Head Over Heels- Just Because

My daughter’s preschool class recently had a coffee time where they sang some songs for the parents.  As I watched the class line up in the sanctuary to sing—each one eagerly looking for his or her parent or grandparent—my heart smiled.  Those kids were so cute, and the thought that crossed my mind was that they didn’t have to do a single thing to win our hearts over.  They wouldn’t have even had to sing one song and we would still be crazy about them.  If you are a parent, you know exactly what I mean.  We love our children simply because they are our children, hook, line, and sinker.

Thinking of this, I was reminded of another time in my life—the whole period between childhood and true adulthood when most of us are trying to figure out who we are, what we’re about, and what direction we are going in life.  During this time, many of us are also trying to find “the love of our life.” Or maybe it was just me.
But when I look back on this time, I am kind of embarrassed by the energy I spent trying to make certain guys like me.  More than once, I would fool myself into thinking that if I just acted a certain way or looked a certain way or was interested in a certain thing, I could win their attention and favor.  Boy, was I wrong.  Which is why I can totally relate to the movie, “He’s Just Not That Into You.”  Thankfully, by the time I met my husband, I had settled into who I am and owned it.  Which is, of course, why our relationship works. 

But here’s the thing: Unlike how I acted in my teens and early twenties, when it comes to our relationship with God, we don’t have to do anything to make God like or accept us.  We don’t have to be a certain “type” of person, have it all together, or make ourselves look good.  Rather, just like the parents who were watching our children sing, filled with pride just because they are our child, that’s how God feels about us.  God doesn’t base his love for us on how well we sing or how pretty we are or how good of a hockey player we are.  God loves us because we are God’s.  It’s as simple as that.

Yet all too often, we forget this and we end up making things more complicated than they are.  I think it’s in our nature.  So we try to put rules on what makes a good Christian and even try to hide some of the not-so-great aspects of our lives from each other and God.  It’s like we fool ourselves into thinking that God doesn’t really know everything.  But the awesome thing is that God does know everything—our every thought, every way we fall short, every wart we’ve ever had.  And God loves us completely anyway.  When you think about it, that’s a pretty amazing thing. 

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