And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them.But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
When Michelangelo created a sculpture, he could see the sculpture within the marble before he began. When asked how he created a piece of sculpture, he answered that the sculpture already existed in the marble. God had already created the Pieta, David, and Moses, Michelangelo saw his job as getting rid of the excess marble to reveal God's creation.
We are the same way. We don't need to create the perfect "self," God has already created it. Our perfect self is God's unconditional love that lives within us. Our job is to allow the Holy Spirit to remove the fearful thinking, limiting beliefs, wrong conclusions about the past, and any other negatives that surround our perfect self, just as Michelangelo removed the excess marble to create his perfect sculptures.
God's love for His children reaches beyond our behavior, our circumstances and our sin. In her book A Return to Love, Marianne Williamson writes:
To remember that we are part of God, that we are loved and loveable, is not arrogant. It's humble. To think we are anything else is arrogant, because it implies that we're something other than a creation of God. Nothing we have ever done or will do can mar our perfection in the eyes of God. We are deserving in God's eyes because of what we are, not because of what we do.
What we do or don't do is not what determines our essential value. It may determine our personal growth, but not our value. That is why God approves and accepts us as LGBT Christians. We were not created in sin; we were created in love.
In reality, our personal spiritual journey, is not so much a journey toward as it is a return to love. It is that same pure, simple, guiltless, perfect love that we came into the world possessing. It's time to "remember who we are." We should turn to God and exercise our free will by telling Him that we are willing to look at our lives, our circumstances, our feelings, our relationships differently. This "different look," with consistent focus and intention, will allow the Holy Spirit to being healing light into our heart and mind. This light will dissolve away all that is not truth, all that is not love, returning us to the true essence of Christ, being one with Him. Then we will experience God's peace, the peace that cannot be put into words.
We need to remind ourselves that God created us in love and in His image. We have everything we need to overcome the fears that have accumulated in our lives. Through God, we have access to the wellspring of perfect love.