From the day you were born, a spark of the divine has been a part of your being. How could anything truly be wrong with the "you" that you are underneath everything you think you must be? You were intentionally created with love and purpose. Jer 29:11
For most of us, our journey through life is an attempt to see ourselves without judging... without wishing we were different or better. We strive to look good, to prove our goodness & worthiness to ourselves and others. If only we could see ourselves the way God does.
If only we could know the immensity of God's love for us.
Even when we mess up.
Even when we're full of hate and sin.
Even when we're weak.
God has called you clean. She has made you worthy. Not through a crucifixion or some pennance you must pay, but through the simple gift of life She gave you. When Paul was trying to justify why he wasn't preaching the good news to certain kinds of people, God reprimanded him: "How dare you call unclean what I have made clean."
The "you" that you are... your being... is perfect, whole & complete. You are beautiful and radiant in God's eyes. Your actions, words, beliefs may not reflect that you know who you are... yet... but they don't change who you are.
There is nothing that can separate you from God's love.
When we glimpse the divine love & presence that has wrapped itself in our being, we begin to embrace who we really are. The knowledge of our place in God's heart helps us grow and eventually our lives begin to resemble who we really are... but even then, I think it's just a glimmer.
When we become conduits of God's love and mercy we have those glory moments... we see ourselves so incredibly connected to the divine and the divine flows through us... and that is the truth of who you are...
Perfect... God did not make a mistake with you...
Whole... There is nothing you lack...
Complete... You are not partially complete, almost complete or on your way to becoming complete. You are complete.
I reccommend reading:
"Here I Stand" & "A New Christianity for a New World" by John Shelby Spong
Anything by Max Lucado. He writes in a beautiful & compelling way that will cause you to encounter Christ in a very personal way. Seeing yourself through the eyes of Christ is life-changing.
I definitely love the theology of "original blessing" as oppossed to "original sin." http://www.nfgcc.org/mattfox.htm
"Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting"
"Beyond Positive Thinking"
I highly recommend www.landmarkeducation.com
if you are interested in transforming the way you see yourself & rediscovering what is possible in your life.