Emily Davenport

Nothing Without Him

Dear Child of God,

I don’t know who you are. But I do know that you are loved. You have a Father in Heaven who loves you like you are the only person on earth.

Someone once told me something that has forever changed how I see things: Even if I was the only person on earth, Jesus would still suffer a hideous death to save me from my sins. Think about it, even if you were the only person on earth, God still would have sent His only beloved Son to die for YOU. That’s how valuable you are… and how valuable I am.

I’d like to say that living in that love and believing in it is easy, but, it’s not. Believing that the same being who set the universe in motion desires an intimate relationship with you above all else is pretty hard to believe.

There’s a lot of reasons that I’ve struggled to believe in this sort of unfathomable love. To start with, I didn’t think I was worthy. Did I think others were worthy? Absolutely. Was I? I certainly didn’t think so. Maybe you’ve felt the same way. It can be easy to see the beauty in others, but oftentimes we miss the miracle within ourselves. I certainly fell victim to this.

For a long time, it wasn’t unusual for me to stand in the mirror and tear myself apart. I would also tear myself apart when I inevitably sinned. I am the kind of person that always wants to be perfect and I’m not. Neither are you. I make mistakes, and when I do, I’m my own worst critic. This separated me from God more quickly than any other thing in my life. I didn’t feel like God could love a sinner like me.

But God’s love is greater than anything I could be. At a youth group meeting, my youth minister told us that we are all made “magnificent.” I didn’t believe it, but its true. After all we are all made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27) and He’s pretty darn magnificent.

I came to the realization that I had to start living in a way that reflected the love I knew God had for me and it changed my life.

Coming to trust in God’s love for me is the thing that keeps me going through the difficult times in life. Without Him, I am nothing because my heart was created by God and for God, and until I found rest in Him, I couldn’t be whole.

The Bible is one of the best ways I’ve found to discover how much Christ loves me and to grow to trust His love more. Someone recently told me that in order to trust Jesus, you have to know Him. Digging into the Gospels has truly grown my love for Christ and helped me to place my trust in him. The more I learn, the more I know that my heart is secure in him. With his love, anything is possible.

The Mass is probably the most important thing you can do to remind yourself of God’s great and awesome love.

Every single time the Mass is celebrated, Jesus is made present, body, blood, soul, and divinity. The very Being who created the stars in the sky, who created the fish in the sea, and who created you is made physically present in the Mass. God loves us so much that He humbled Himself to the form of a man. He didn’t stop there; He humbled Himself even further to a simple piece of bread to be consumed by the people who love Him and whom He created.

That is not something to be taken lightly. God loves you enough to come and live within you at every Mass.

The bottom line is: You are loved by someone who knows everything you do, but who doesn’t spurn you for your past, but loves you for your future.

He wants the chance to love you with everything He’s got, but can only do it if you let Him in.

Heaven’s standing at His command waiting to shower blessings and love upon you when you let Him into your life and self-image so He can transform them and make them into something that reflects His glory.

You are loved more than you could ever imagine by a God who is more than we could ever dream of. You are loved and you are worth it. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise, and don’t tell yourself otherwise. I challenge you to invite God into your life, into your thoughts and emotions and to trust Him with your life.

I’m not saying it will be easy, but we are not called to a life of easy. We are called to a life of love for God, ourselves, and others. That isn’t easy. I love you and am praying for you. Stay strong. Stay real. Stay you.

Love,
Your Sister in Christ

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Emily Davenport

About the Author

I'm a 17 year old from St. Louis, Missouri and you probably don't want to pick a fight with me because I'm rockin' a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I'm a huge fan of the Cardinals, St. Therese of Lisieux, and if you were to stop me on the street I'd probably be listening to Counting Stars, by One Republic.