You can rest now (by Max Lucado)

We so fear failure that we create the image of perfection. The result?  The weariest people on earth. Attempts at self-salvation guarantee nothing but exhaustion.  We scamper and scurry, trying to please God, collecting merit badges, and scowling at anyone who questions our accomplishments.

Hebrews 13:9 says, “Your hearts should be strengthened by God’s grace, not by obeying rules.”  Jesus doesn’t say, “Come to me, all you who are perfect and sinless.”  Just the opposite.  “Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

Let grace happen, for heaven’s sake.  No more performance for God, no more clamoring after God.  Of all the things you must earn in life, God’s unending affection is not one of them.  You have it.  You can rest now!