“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7b (NIV)
I couldn’t believe my eyes.
There we were in the middle of highway construction and I was grasping the GPS, praying it wouldn’t decide to “recalculate”.
And, I saw this sign.
How perfect, I thought, that a little red sports car would be heading toward the “Likelike Hwy”…
On a perfect blue sky day.
I mean, what’s not to “Likelike” about that?
But, although it wasn’t our exit, I couldn’t help but feel that road had a familiarity about it.
As if I had been on it a time.
Maybe you have as well?
I think my first ride was in elementary school.
The dreaded P.E. class. You see, I was small and apparently, you have to be strong enough to get the volleyball across the net.
I remember the pain of standing there alone after all the other players were chosen.
It didn’t feel very good.
I just wanted to be liked.
So, that day I decided to associate the word “like” with being “perfect”.
If I am perfect, they will like me.
And, I’ve battled with being a perfectionist most of my life.
Driving around and around on the Likelike Hwy.
Afraid to exit.
Until I did.
You see, I just got tired of it all.
I decided to let go of the need to please and my quest for perfection.
And wrap myself in the arms of the One who loves me just the way I am.
How about you?
Dear one, God doesn’t love you because you’re perfect.
He loves you because He is perfect.
Won’t you let His love for you be enough?
Spread your joy,