you know what you think about God. What do you
suppose God thinks about you?
Can you write that in twenty words?
is not a popular question. Imagining what God thinks
about us is not our most sought after thrill. In the
past, our primary efforts were directed toward
keeping God at bay.
to this question run from one extreme to the other.
On one end a few say, "I have been so bad, God
could never accept me. Surely God has turned my
portrait toward the wall. There is little for me to
write, and I can put that into four words: I am too
the other extreme are a few who insist they have
never done anything really wrong. "After
all," these confide, "I have never been in
jail. Surely God thinks I am O.K. I can write that
with only three words: I am fine."
the middle, many think, "I do the best I can.
What more could God expect? Lots of people live
lives worse than me. I am sure he accepts me as I
am. In two words I say: I try."
most common belief is that God judges us by our acts
and our behavior. But, we imagine the good works
necessary to fully please God will take too much
attention and effort. To many, living with both eyes
on God seems irrelevant, foolish, detrimental to
happiness, and unnecessarily stressful.
of our self-image, none of us want to have our
secrets reviewed on the front page of our local
newspaper. We have all done some things that are
embarrassing. God knows about those events. We
imagine those events are the basis of what God
thinks about us. So why hurry to read his list?
suppose that someday, sometime in the future, we
will consider God's opinion more seriously. Until
then we say, "Let's get on with the business at
hand. There are decisions to make, bills to pay, and
fun to be had. Because God knows me, he understands
how busy I am. He will forgive me."