Babies have this habit of un-eating some of what they eat. In other words, they spit up. Sometimes a lot.
And what do they do? With spitup all over their mouth and dripping onto their PJ’s, they look up at us and just smile. Seemingly, they’re unaware and unbothered by the fact that they’ve got a glaring problem needing to be addressed.
As we look down at their smiling face, we reach for a burp rag to clean the mess off. But wouldn’t it be silly if they thought we could only love them once the spitup was gone?
And wouldn’t it be silly of us to expect them to clean it up all on their own?
Now we’re not going to leave it there, but we love them spitup or no spitup. And we know they need our help – that’s what we’re here for!
It may be a silly illustration, but I see a similarity between an incident like that and how I sometimes see my position with God. Sometimes I feel as though if my life has the slightest “mess” then I’m I’m not on God’s “good side.” (As if He has any other side? And as if He loves me because of anything I’ve done anyway??)
All the while, He’s in heaven not loving me any less! And on top of that He wants to help me through whatever “mess” I’ve created because He knows that I am but dust.
Friend, don’t fall into the same trap. It’s not enough to Satan that we’re mess-makers. He wants us to feel alone and overwhelmed. Without hope.
Because let’s be real, if it were up to us to live a perfect, mess-free life we would be without hope.
And if we were to live WITH hope, believing that our identity is in Christ, not in our failures, well…we might just make a difference in this world.
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