For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.
I am never too good enough for Jesus. I am never not good enough for Him. I am created in a perfect Man’s image yet I fail every day to kneel before Him, in fear of shame, of my pride, of acceptance of the burdens I carry. I fail Him every day, yet He loves me, a wondering child. He says ‘welcome home’ when I deliberately choose to ignore His words, His peace, His warmth. He smiles and says He loves me. Yet I run away and after so many temporary satisfactions and pleasures. But He loves me anyways. He loves me. And I cannot get over that.
Jesus didn't die on the Cross for me to feel this type of guilt, shame, and unworthiness... He died for the complete opposite reasons. He died so I could live in freedom. He died because despite my mistakes, His love triumphs over them. I'm undeserving, but unconditionally loved by God!
When you’re unsure of your next step, God is with you.
When you’re struggling to make it through the day, God is with you.
When you don’t know if you want to try another day, God is with you.
Even in the trials you don’t want to face, God is with you.
When you are yearning for escape, God is with you.
When you have failed time and time again, God is with you.
When you are clawing, desperately, to find another way, God is with you.
When you’ve messed up so badly you’re not sure if you can forgive yourself, God is with you.
Through all of it, all of the terrible things that happen in this life, God is with you.
He is with you in the hard times. He is with you in the hardest times. He is with you. Always. And that is never going to change.
God created you to know Him. You weren’t ever meant to walk through life alone. Don’t waste time trying to find God by trying to “find yourself” first. It doesn’t work that way. Seek Him first. When you find Him, THEN you’ll find your purpose because He’s the One who gave you it.