Babies are so precious. Genevieve is about to turn one, and one of the many things I love about this stage is how excited she gets about “the little things.” Whenever someone laughs, cheers, or claps, Genevieve just assumes we’re responding to her wonderfulness and she smiles and laughs and cheers too!
Yet, somewhere between babyhood and adulthood, we stop believing that we’re amazing and start to look at our faults. Life gets harder, and our parents stop cheering every time we go to the bathroom (there, I said it, you can blame them for all your issues!).
But God never stops cheering you on. You’re still the most precious, perfect, and loved child by God, even if you feel those days of innocence have long passed. Fortunately on this side of Cavalry, the love and grace we receive from God has nothing to do with our own merits, it is all based on Jesus and what He already accomplished for us.
Jesus took our sins, so we could be presented before God, innocent and pure. He took our pain, even the self-inflicted pain brought on by wrong choices, and washed it away. In turn for surrendering our garbage, Jesus presents us with new life, a brand new life free from sin and guilt, and clothed in the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit.
When we begin to understand that, our own self-perception begins to shift. Instead of being burdened by our faults, we’re empowered by the potential God’s placed in each of our hearts. That shift makes learning to walk in this new life easier then when we first learned to walk. Sure, we fall and scrape our knees, but God is still cheering for us to get back up and try it again.
Tune your ear to God’s cheering, and don’t give up.