In a World that tells you how you should be, God will meet you where you can be.

Whatever Happened to Being Who You Are?

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Are there times in your life when you feel someone has touched your very soul?

Last summer, I was speaking on the phone to the owner of a construction company. As we concluded the business portion of our conversation, he said to me, “I speak to the Lord about your child.”

The simple statement caught me off guard. I’d heard a lot of people saying they were “praying for Cooper” or that Cooper had been “on their heart,” but I had never heard it put quite like that, “I speak to the Lord.”

There was such wonderful simplicity and familiarity in that statement, as if Jesus were sitting in the chair next to him. It brought tears to my eyes.

As I hung up, I was thinking of another man whose simple faith moved me to tears. He was very old and mentally, as well as physically, handicapped.

Every Sunday he was there, bringing everything he had to God. And as I watched him shuffle up to communion, I was struck with what true beauty must look like to our Lord.

I was lucky enough to get a glimpse of it in these men who were so very real about their faith. Each in their own way, they seemed to exude a natural, comfortable relationship with who they were and what they believed.

And there is so much wisdom — so much true beauty — in that.

There is no right and perfect way to have a relationship with God. All we need to do is come to Him in any way that we can — no matter how broken that may be.

In the middle of a world that tells us how we should be, God will meet us where we can be.

Jesus said: “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:37-40)

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