learning from adam levine

Yes, you read that correctly…Adam Levine.

You see, today as I was driving around town, I heard his song Locked Away.

No kids were in the car with me, so I had a chance to really listen to the lyrics…

If I got locked away

And we lost it all today

Tell me honestly, would you still love me the same?

If I showed you my flaws

If I couldn’t be strong

Tell me honestly, would you still love me the same?

It made me realize that as humans, our love is so conditional.

If things are going well…If I have fun with you…If you meet my needs…Then I will love you. Whether it’s a friend or a spouse or a family member, this is how our sinful selves view relationships.

It’s all about me and what I get from the relationship.  I want to be happy.  And, if I’m not, I want to at least appear that way.

In fact, I was recently in a situation that made me stop and think.  I found myself surrounded by people who seemed to have it “all together.”  The moms were dressed perfectly (and so were their children), all put-together with the perfect boots, perfect jewelry, perfect hair, and perfect smile.  I started to get caught up into caring what clothes I was wearing and how I appeared to them.  I, too, wanted to seem to have it all together.  I wanted them to think I lived a perfect life with my perfect marriage, perfect children, and perfect home.  I mean…don’t they?!?  They must. Even though most days I’m a hot mess, they MUST have found the secret to perfection.  This is what I tell myself anyway.  Appearances must be true.  But, my heart knows differently…

Why do we get so caught up in appearances?!  Why do we care what others think?  Why does it matter if we seem to have it all together?  Deep down don’t we know that NO ONE has a perfect life?!  Don’t we know that everyone has a mess — everyone needs a Savior!?

Thankfully, there is one person who knows the truth.  And guess what…He came to earth.  He left His throne in Heaven and came to earth as a BABY — totally dependent on the very people He created.  Jesus chose to come, live, die on the cross for our sins, and conquer death — FOR US.

He knows our sin — all our flaws, all our weakness, all our mess that we so desperately try to hide from everyone around us.  He knows all of this, and loves us anyway.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

Yes, if you got locked away and you lost it all today, Jesus would honestly still love you.  He sees your flaws and is strong when you are weak.

He will always love you — no matter what you’ve done or will do.  His love is unconditional.



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