Monday, June 22, 2020

Day 59: Undeserved

Day 59 of #100DaysofHannah and #100DaystoOffload brought to you by thoughts and rain.

First things first though:
1) For those paying attention to my numbering, it may look like I skipped a day (from 56 to 58).  Well, I did and I didn't. Yesterday afternoon I realized when looking at my posts that I repeated day 51.  Oops.

2) I was going to explain this (and write more) in yesterday's post, but I was super tired early in the evening, and ended up passing out for a few hours. Only to wake up somewhere near 11p and realize that I had yet to blog. So I pried my eyes open, pulled out my phone, wrote... 15 words or less?, removed my contacts, and passed out until morning.

Okay, now we can move on.

This afternoon, I heard someone say "everyone deserves to be loved."

And while I fully understand what was meant by the words, I can't help but disagree, because everyone, in fact, does not deserve to be loved.

On the contrary, I would argue that no one deserves to be loved.

*I'll give everyone who wants to stop reading now a moment to do so*

I'll say it again - no one deserves to be loved.

But, Hannah, you may be thinking.
I deserve to be loved - I'm a good person.

But, do you? Can you honestly say that you've never hurt someone? Can you honestly say that you've never made a mistake that, intentionally or not, has caused pain to someone else?

I know I can't.

But, maybe if not adults - what about children?

Y'all. I love kids - I really do.
But what has a baby done to deserve love? They eat, sleep, cry, puke, poop, and pee.  Are you telling me that these animalistic behaviors call for merit?

And older children - can any amount of cuteness, any cuddles, any sweet comments erase their many painful mistakes and truly earn love?

From my perspective anyway, no, it can't.

Primarily because love is a gift.
Not a merit.

Love is freely given.
Not earned.

Unconditional.
Undeserved.

For, love that is earned is simply a token for the winner
Love that is freely given mirrors and defines the giver.

Which can be really hard for me to accept.
I so often want the love I receive to be a reflection of me.
Something I have earned.
Something I deserve.

But when I look to those who love me best, I am forced to see the scene differently.

I do not deserve my parents' love.
And yet they love me.

I do not deserve my friends' love.
And yet they forgive me.

I could never deserve the Father's love.
And yet He calls me His own.

May I daily learn to live and love has He has

Unconditionally.
Undeserved.

How great is the love that the Father has lavished upon us that we should be called children of God - 1 John 3:1

'Til tomorrow,
Hannah

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