I don’t know who said it. Perhaps it’s one of those quotes that’s been around so long nobody remembers how it got its genesis. It goes something like this, “God loves us as we are, but much too much to leave us there”.

This is both a blessing and a challenge. The blessing is in the love of God that’s there for all of us, regardless of who we are or what we’ve been. The challenge lies in knowing that God’s love wants to take us places we’ve never been. To show us with new eyes the creation lying before us; to open our hearts to the human joy and suffering spread out around us; to a place where our fears, frustrations and griefs are addressed by a Christ who loves us to death — and beyond.

If we examine our commitment to Christ, and come to the conclusion that we’re comfortable as his disciples, we’ve given up on the challenge God so lovingly places before us. We must never be comfortable in our Christianity, for that will take our eyes off the very call of Christ that first sought us out. Look around you. What needs to be done in the name of Christ? Who needs to be fed? Comforted? Housed? Accepted? In serving others we live in love, and begin to truly love ourselves.

Hang in there, folks. God isn’t finished with any of us yet.