Trey and I have an exercise we do a few times a week. It usually happens when he hasn't been following directions, or has been arguing, or his attitude isn't the best.
"Trey," I ask, "Do you know how much more I would love you if you hadn't done that?"
"Um... no more?" He'll answer.
"Because you love me unconditionally!"
It's generally a turn-around in our day or moment, a reminder that as much as we love each other, that the Father loves us even more, with an unconditional love that encompasses grace, mercy and blessing. No matter what we do, or don't do.
It's a crazy concept to wrap our heads around, especially in this 'productivity' era. We christians are put under so much pressure - to share our faith correctly, to reach out into our community and 'make a difference', to make time to read our bibles, to get to church, and bible study, and evening service, and small group, and volunteer opportunities and.... You get my drift. None of those things are BAD things. Our challenge arises when we place more importance in what we can 'do' for God, than in what He does for us, every moment, regardless of what we do.
He loves us. He loves us when we aren't lovable. When faith is distilled down to its most basic, its most important tenant, it is this: God. Loves. You.
As we move through our 28-day Detox of the Mind and Heart, it's important to note that while we can 'do' quite a bit to create a healthy environment for our souls and hearts and minds, in reality, our detox is less about what WE can do for ourselves, and more about what our Father wants to do for us. Friends, when we detox, the result is more room in our souls to absorb and hold onto the Father's love. That's the entire point!