No matter what

Today I want to share a word of grace in a difficult time.

Something I’ve noticed is that many people are being really hard on themselves.

I get it. You want to do well. You want to put your best foot forward in every area of your life. You want to hit the proverbial ball out of the park.

But then something unexpected comes along and throws you off track, or you get behind, or you have a bad day (or month) and become overly self-critical.

So I just want to tell you that God continues to love you—even when you get thrown off track, or get behind, or have a bad day (or month) and become overly self-critical.

Should we try to do God’s will? Should we try to be at our best, not only for God, but for ourselves and for the people around us?

Absolutely.

But you are valued in God’s sight not because of how successful you are, but because of whose you are. As we are reminded in Psalm 103:13: “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him…”

Heavenly Father. Children. Family. Unconditional love.

As today rolls forward… inhale… exhale… smile… pray… feel the embrace of a father who has compassion his children, including you.

As John Ortberg says: “The reason I don’t have to prove my worth is that I am loved by God no matter what.”

By Matthew Ruttan

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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