Did you used to smile more? The average adult smiles twenty times a day, but the average child smiles four hundred times a day. What happened? Has life been so hard for us all that we can’t smile like we did when we were children? Jesus said, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven” (Matt. 18:3). Could part of that change be reclaiming the joy and laughter of our childhood?
You are a joyful person; believe it and release it. You are full of energy and life. Let it come out. Let go of your pride. Let go of proving yourself to others. God takes pleasure in you and wants you to take pleasure in the gift of life.
Everyone is looking for love, but when you make mistakes, you may wonder:
Out of fear of being unwanted, rejected, or forgotten, it’s easy to find yourself in the exhausting trap of trying to prove your value. And it only gets worse when you are embarrassed by your mistakes and shortcomings. You wonder, Will I ever be enough?
You are not what you do, what you have, or what people say about you. You are the beloved. You always have been, and you always will be. Know that you are loved, and build your whole life as a response to that one truth.
God wants you to know there’s always a home for you. You are His beloved child. He knows you by name, and He cherishes that name. There’s no amount of messing up that can take that away. You can always come home, and He will be right there at the portals of heaven waiting, with open arms, to embrace you.
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