…to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge…
Ephesians 3:19

I think I should pray a little harder for the mothers of the world.

One of them called me today and told me some of the struggles inside her walls. My heart ached for her.

I make it a practice to not know what is amiss in another’s life, but it is surprisingly refreshing sometimes to hear that bliss is not as common as it seems.

Don’t get me wrong–I don’t subscribe to pessimism, and I believe a person can carry a burden and wear a smile at the same time, and I find myself in the black on most days, but I generally assume everything is peachy in every one of my neighbors’ lives. It is generally not very socially acceptable to fly your problems from your front porch, but perhaps living in a glass house neighborhood would be healthy in some ways.

The mother’s daughter suffers from a very common illness. I am not sure how the books would label the problem, but you are familiar with the symptoms.

Her older brother is the favorite. Practically perfect in every way. He has a winning personality, is as good as gold, and has never done wrong. Everyone likes him. No one hates him. Good grades. Good looks. A trophy child. Oh, and did I mention the rainbow that surrounds him as he walks?

And the worst part–she will never measure up. So why try? Might as well live at the bottom of the barrel.

The question of the day is:

What does she not know about herself that causes her to feel the way she does?

Perhaps the apostle Paul met such a girl in Rome.

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” (Romans 8:38)

Can’t you read her thoughts as her sandals click on the cobblestone. Her list of her faults trickling down her face. Never as good as the girl with the red door. Too short. Too clumsy. Too many mistakes. And she assumes that because the boy in the clay pot shop doesn’t look up that day that no one ever will.

What does she not know about herself that causes her to feel the way she does?

“No power in the sky above or in the earth below–indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39).

Nothing in all creation. Even those ones created in our minds.

Insight and Inspiration:

Read Romans 8

Invitation:

It is encouraged and part of our nature to strive for excellence.  It is also in our nature to seek love–and hopefully the love of God first.  Strive for excellence and seek for love.  But uncouple the two.  They are not related.

Stop trying to earn His love.

You are already in.

David Butler

David Butler

David Butler never thought he would share his thoughts publicly the day he sat down 10 seconds into his very first talk in church. Now he teaches the scriptures full time and enjoys writing and speaking. He loves the scriptures fiercely–particularly the great stories of courage, faith, and deep, deliberate discipleship. Most of his days are spent with Jenny, his adorable wife, and his five spectacular renegade children. Being a dad is a treasure to him–an exhausting and exhilarating adventure. He loves, loves, loves good food and spontaneous ideas. He particularly looks forward to Christmas morning, the Fourth of July, the first day of summer, and every other day of summer. He and his wife and family currently live in Lehi, Utah, but dream of a beach house on the North Shore of Oahu. http://dailyclosertochrist.com/
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