God does not love you because you are incredibly important. You are incredibly important because God loves you.
The Christian community is interested in spirituality because it is interested in living. We give careful attention to spirituality because we know, from long experience, how easy it is to get interested in ideas of God and projects for God and gradually lose interest in God, alive, deadening our lives with the ideas and projects. This happens a lot. Because the ideas and projects have the name of God attached to them, it is easy to assume that we are involved with God. It is the devil’s work to get us worked up thinking and acting for God and then subtly detach us from a relational obedience and adoration of God, substituting ourselves, our godlike egos, in the places usually occupied by God.
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places
"Finding something you love to do when you are a child is one of the keys to happiness in adult life. If, when you grow up, people are willing to pay you to do the thing you love to do, then you’ve got it made!"
Edward M. Hallowell, MD, writing in
The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness
"The law might not change the hearts, but it can restrain the heartless."
Martin Luther King
"It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place."
Henry Louis Mencken
"From gloomy saints, good Lord deliver us!"
Theresa of Avila
"The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time."
Letters to God from Children
Dear God, did you mean for giraffes to look like that or was it an accident?
Dear God, please put another holiday between Christmas and Easter. There is nothing good in there now.
Dear God, Thank you for the baby brother but what I asked for was a puppy. I never asked for anything before. You can look it up.
God, I read the bible. What does beget mean? Nobody will tell me.
Dear God, is it true my father won’t get into heaven if he uses his golf words in the house?
Dear God, maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they each had their own rooms. It works out OK with me and my brother.