But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." Romans 5:8
The time has finally come: the first day of Weekday School! Many of us are racing around filling out last-minute forms, purchasing those perfect back-to-school outfits, taking our little ones to get haircuts and new shoes. We are prepping our children to behave well in class, obey their teachers, share with classmates, all while hoping they don't have a potty accident. Essentially, we are putting our best selves (and children) forward, trying to make a good first impression on everyone we will encounter in the first weeks of school. I am guilty of all of these, but I remain grateful in the truth that God loves us just as we are. Even with first day of school outfits that come smeared with peanut butter, or when we're the last car in line to drop off our children, drinking cold coffee, and feeling like we are barely making it, God loves us in our mess.
Romans 5:8 reminds us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. God didn't wait until we behaved perfectly, or did our devotions every morning, or raised model children, to show this deep love for us. He did so while we were mired in sin, and he continues to show us this love every day to us despite our flawed state. Additionally, God's love is not based on us at all. God loves us simply because of the fact that "God is love" (1 John 4:8). We are simply the recipients of this gift, no matter what. I am humbled to be loved in such a way and grateful I don't have to put on an act to receive this love; It just flows freely.
Let's extend the same love and grace to one another this school year, and love one another the way we are, flaws and all. And while we are shopping for new school wardrobes or making a trip to Pigtails and Crewcuts for that back-to-school trim, let's remind our children that God loves them exactly as they are, as well.
Amy Mixson, Faith and Family Coordinator