In some Christian denominations, as well as in some other religions, the more the devotees suffer and the sadder they are, the more religious they are considered to be. But for the born-again Christian, it’s supposed to be just the opposite! One measure of Christians’ spirituality or religiosity is whether they’re truly happy, both inwardly and outwardly.
Once upon a mountaintop, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up.
The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: “I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I’ll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!”
The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on its way to the ocean. “I want to travel mighty waters and carry powerful kings. I’ll be the strongest ship in the world!”
You could have made me perfect by my standards or someone else’s, Jesus, but You didn’t. Instead, You made me just the way You wanted me—perfect according to Your standard. To doubt that is to doubt Your love, but to realize that is to find perfect peace, security, and rest in Your love. Take me now, just as I am, into Your heart of hearts. Amen.