I am currently reading The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. If you have not heard about it, I would be surprised. It was #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and was a very popular item this Christmas within the Christian community.
I keep re-reading a paragraph on page 98. Yes, Olivia interupted my reading several times which caused some of the repetition, but it was the first paragraph that I read this morning too. I keep starting back up in the same place. I love what God is saying to the main character in this paragraph and decided to share.
"Mackenzie, I am what some would say 'holy, and wholly other than you.'The problem is that many folks try to grasp some sense of who I am by taking the best version of themselves, projecting that to the nth degree, factoring in all the goodness they can perceive, which often isn't much, and then call that God. And while it may seem like a noble effort, the truth is that it falls pitifully short of who I am really am. I'm not merely the best version of you that you can think of. I am far more than that, above and beyond all that you can ask or think."
I think that this is a powerful message that is worth reading and re-reading. And if you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it. So far, it's great!