Sorry, Not a Winner

Don’t you love those  scratch off game pieces?  You know, the ones that always say “Sorry, Not a winner.” 

Couldn’t they find a better message to print?  I mean, you’re already disappointed to find out you didn’t get the prize, but then the shame of having to read that you’re not a winner.  What does that do to one’s self-esteem?

As I was on the receiving end of one such game piece today, I paused after reading the lousy message.  Because I was already feeling a little edgy, I resented reading the careless text.  OK, so maybe I’m being a little dramatic. But, it did make me stop and think.

The truth is, I am a child of God.  He thinks I’m a winner.  Even on days like today when my husband and I are wrestling to solve a dispute, and the dog is still acting out because I dared go out of town three weeks ago, and I’m battling a head cold that fogs my brain and preempts desperately needed sleep, and when I forgot… again!  God still loves me.  Oh, how I needed to hear that truth!

Are you needing a reminder that God loves you today?  Hear this: He loves you extravagantly!  He’s not stingy with His love.  Nor is His love conditional.  He longs to lavish His love on you.  I pray that you’ll sit and soak in it.  Exhale the worries of the day and drink in His love and goodness.  Be still, my friend, and know that you are loved.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  1 John 3:1

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