“O Shepherd. You said you would make my feet like hinds’ feet and set me upon High Places.”
“Well”, he answered, “the only way to develop hinds’ feet is to go by the paths which the hinds use.”
—Hannah Hurnard, “Hinds’ Feet on High Places”
You are a beloved son or daughter of God. Think on that for a moment. Let the religion drain out of the words, until you’re able to get a glimpse of the infinite joy your heavenly Father has at the mere thought of you. No matter how difficult the path you’re on is right now, you’re always his completely loved child. Always.
He never abandons you when you fail, and won’t ever threaten to disinherit you when you’re struggling. He is your source of strength, your guide, your comfort, and your biggest cheerleader—when you’re doing your best, and when you fall down. Every time you rise again in his compassionate grace, and take another step in his persevering joy, is another step toward becoming an even more brilliant, powerful son or daughter.
Stay in his love. Trust him on every path. Live in all he says you are. And bless others so greatly, they have their own encounters with him.