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September 2017

Giving it All to God

By Caitlin Hankins

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
- Isaiah 40:28

I attend a college that has 27,511 students. When I got here, it took me all of 5 seconds to realize how small I was, in the grand scheme of things. I am in classes where the teachers don’t know my name and have no intentions of learning it. I study for tests, days on end, and don’t do well on them. I try to be a good friend, a good roommate, a good daughter from more than 100 miles away, and I continue to fail. There are people who are smarter than me, more athletic than me, and are better at the things that I have always been good at.

God's love is selfless, it is never ending, it is infinite.

I spent over a year and a half being defeated by these things here. I eventually realized it did not matter how amazing the other 27,510 students here are, as long as I was being the absolute best person I could be. Once I began living into myself, I knew that when God sees that, it had to make him happy.

You see, God loves us on our best and our worst days. He loves us when we fail at something we tried hardest on. He even loves us when our heart feels like it has been broken into a thousand pieces. His love is selfless, it is never ending, it is infinite. He was nailed to the cross, in the palms of his hands and his feet, adorned with a crown of thorns, and left there for everyone to see. He died for us as a sign of how it did not matter how many times we messed up, how many times we failed at something, or how many times we did not live up to someone’s expectation of us, we forgiven. God loved you more at that moment in time than we can ever begin to fathom.

The moment you came into this earth, you were his.

If you get anything from reading this, I want you to know you are everything and more in the eyes of God. The moment you came into this earth, you were his. It doesn’t matter how many times you feel like you have failed him, he will love you more than you can ever fathom. He loves you and nothing will ever change that. Literally nothing.

Discussion Question: How can I remember God’s love, even in times where I feel defeated?