I am in my best place when I realize, again, that all that is really valuable and all that is lasting is the love that we give. It is valuable and lasting because it originated long before us and can have lasting, yet unforseen, effects after we are gone. Because love is God, it is eternal.

My worst, which is more common, is experienced when I slice my soul and spend it on fleeting idolatry and baseless, personal gratification. I am most at peace when my head is lowered, my knees are bent, the room is dark, and I’m alone with Him.

My true and present identity is a convergence of my best and worst. My hope lies in the realization that who I am is valuable because of who He is, what He has done, and the love that He has for this broken, contorted soul.

But, the way of getting right with God through faith says, “You don’t need to go to heaven” (to find Christ and bring him down to help you). And it says, “You don’t need to go to the place of the dead (to bring Christ back to life again). Salvation that comes from Christ – which is the message we preach – is already within easy reach.

-Romans 10:6-8 NLT

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