Back to the highs and lows a moment. I saw this Regina Spektor video the other day. Very artistic, but most of all the symbolism screams heights and depths to me. Maybe you will catch it as well:
It was spoken of in a unique way last Cool Hand Luke show I attended.
One thing in paticular that he said really truly stuck with me. Everyone is always saying "there's nothing you can do to make God stop loving you." I get that. Love is his nature. Not everyone really understands that, but its almost cliche' at this point to me. We're all sinners, we'll never amount to anything worthy of him, etc etc. It's not hard to understand. But he said something else that struck me. "There's nothing you have to do to make God love you." This hit me. Because, I think it's pretty basic that we're unworthy of his love because of our sin. But sometimes we put so much pressure on ourselves...that beyond that we have to be doing certain things to earn that love as Christians. Sure he desires our affection and drive to know him more. But He loves us no matter what. He's not going to be less if we choose not to love him. He doesn't "need" our love. He just desires it. Passionately. And as his children he loves us not only despite our mistakes, but also despite if we're seeking him or not.
Of course we should want to seek Him and grow, and he desires that from us. In fact that part is vital. Seeking God is a vital part of Christianity, and apathy will not get you easily into the kingdom. But our ends, they have nothing to do with His love. He'll always love us. Regardless. And it's not an excuse to not seek after him, its a comforting thought that you don't have to earn God's love...it's yours regardless. And you should want to show him love in return. But it's yours regardless. He'll never stop loving you. You don't have to earn it. B/c you'll never really deserve it. It's not an excuse...it's just comforting to know the God you serve is that loving.
Unrelated Side Note:
I am all too excited at the prospect of this movie...