Well... I have some exciting news. Today, I received my first acceptance letter from Auburn University!!! I am beyond excited for what the future holds!
Though that is SO exciting, we have even better news of acceptance. Our acceptance shouldn't just come from these earthy things of getting into college or getting into the popular girl's group chat. It comes from a source so much greater and has so much more love than just the temporary things in this world. Sadly, it is so easy to allow ourselves to fall into that trap of outside love. Temporary love. Social media, boys, make-up, popularity and so much more. We strive to be accepted. Our acceptance and worth come from our incredible Heavenly Father. He has accepted us with arms wide open. He has never had second doubt if we are "good" enough. Side note: Darren, our youth pastor, had a great point of questioning what is good, and that none of us are remotely good enough for God. God is perfect, but He accepted us for who we are. Not what we have done or how we messed up. No matter what you have done or will do in your life will never change God's love for you. God meets us in the middle of our mess. He sent Jesus to die on the cross for YOU. With all your baggage, He wants you. He accepts you. He sent you an acceptance letter a long time ago, and now all you have to do is accept it. No strings attached.
I have fallen in love with the new song by Tenth Avenue North called "Control". It talks about how God doesn't need us, but He still wants us. Strange, right? God is an almighty God who can do anything. But He still wants you, He still accepts you, He still loves you for you. You are His focus. When we realize where our acceptance comes from, we find our true identity. I challenge you to dive into God's truth to find your true identity instead of relying on earthly acceptance.