To think that you accept me as you accept Christ sometimes feels too good to be true. But it is true because you have said so. Today, I rest in this great reality. I bring my self-rejection to the foot of the Cross. I leave it there. I bring my performance anxieties, drives to achieve, obsessions over how I look, talk, act, and sound – Father, I lay them down at the Cross.
I lay my guilt and shame there too.
Lord, teach me to live with nothing left to prove.
I rest my soul in your perfect acceptance of me in Christ. I move into your embrace. I look for my worth to my Savior – he is all I need.
As often as the voices of accusation rise up in my head, O Lord, silence them with the voice of your Word.
As often as feelings of condemnation well up in my heart, O Lord, transform them by the power of your love.
When nobody accepts me, I know you accept me still. This is all the confidence I need to face my day.
Please create in me compassion for every fellow-pilgrim I encounter today.
By your grace, and for your glory,