You don’t have to be productive and you don’t have to change the world. You’re already so loved.

You don’t have to be smart. You don’t have to be simple. You don’t have to read all the right books by the right people. You’re already so loved.

You don’t have to be beautiful and thin with an articulated and ironic fashion sense, not at all. But if you’re into that kind of thing, well, that’s okay, too, darling. You don’t have to be healthy in your mind or in your body. You don’t have to be in full-time vocational ministry. You can watch horrible television or you can be proud of your television-less home. You can be artistic or scientific. You can spend your life travelling to meet beautiful people or you can live and die in the town where you were born.

You don’t have to be straight or white or powerful. You can be from the wrong side of the tracks or the gated community, suburbs or urban or rural. You can work with your hands and your mind, your back and your brain. You don’t have to be educated, not at all. You don’t have to have a degree or letters after your name. You don’t have to know the right people and boast a carefully curated Instagram feed with the famous and the beautiful and the influential. You don’t have to be conservative and you don’t have to be liberal. You don’t have to identify with certain political persuasions or ideology on sexuality or science or socio-economics or foreign policy. You can be a social justice warrior or, you know, not.

None of that moves the metre of your belovedness. God won’t say, okay now I love her just a bit more because, look, she is finally out of debt or thin or powerful or influential or tireless.

Your family story can be beautiful or terrible or, like most of us, it’s likely a bit of both. Perhaps you’re famous or well-known or influential, that’s okay. Perhaps you are quiet and unknown, maybe you hate that, maybe you love it. You don’t have to be a mother or a father, you don’t have to be married, you don’t have to be single, you don’t have to want children or raise children. You don’t have to be sober or clean. You don’t have to give away everything you own and take a vow of poverty, you don’t have to be prosperous either. Church or no church or a certain kind of church only, whatever.

You have nothing to prove. You have nothing to earn.

Sure, any one of those things might change because you are loved. You may know already where God wants to breathe change and wholeness into you, bringing your life more into line with the person you were meant to be all along.

Love can and does and will transform us in every way – our ideology, our opinions, our habits, our values, our priorities, our very names. But it’s not a prerequisite or a requirement, it’s not behaviour modification, it never is, not for Love.

You're already so loved :: Sarah Bessey

Love has happened and it is happening and it will happen. It is kind and patient towards you.

You’re already so loved, you aren’t earning a breath of love or tenderness more than what you already have just by breathing – just by existing, just by being here in the wonder. Your name is already written in the lines of the hands of the universe, you’re star-breath-of-dust and you are beloved, intimately, faithfully, wholly. It’s your lifelong rock, you are known. You are loved with delight and abundance, with choice and desire, with covenantal love.

And watch now, the places of weakness will become places of strength. Your desert will bloom with flowers. The well will never run dry. Everything will be redeemed.

You are so loved. You are so loved. You are so loved.

 

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  • Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I can’t express how much I needed this today. You’re awesome Sarah.

  • Clearly today is about God telling me He loves me. Everything I’ve touched seems to have screamed that today. And this impromptu love note, written through you by Spirit, is just beautiful.

  • A breath of fresh air for my soul …

  • Kelly

    “And watch now, the places of weakness will become places of strength. Your desert will bloom with flowers. The well will never run dry. Everything will be redeemed. You are so loved.”

    Weeping. In a time of desperate weakness and waiting for redemption. I needed to hear this.

  • Thank you for this gift of words and heart. Especially in May when everyone acts all crazy…when I’m tempted to act all crazy! What could make us breathe more deeply than this? Just remembering I am loved without having to do or be anything other than who I am right this minute makes me want to close my eyes, take a deep breath, and take a nap in a sunny spot! Thanks for the refreshment!

  • melanie

    No words except thank you. Thank You.

  • Katie Mara

    The opening paragraph of this hit me like a punch in the gut and I just started weeping.

  • Connie Clark

    What a blessing. Thank you, Sarah.

  • Megan Clark

    Sarah, I just had my first child seven weeks ago which means I’ve had days recently when I felt completely inadequate and days when I felt like the only thing I produced all day was breast milk. This is exactly what I keep trying to remember on those days. Thank you.

    • You and me both, Megan – I might have written this just to remind myself of that very thing. 🙂

  • liv

    Yes, yes all of this. For me. For you. For each and every one. Thank you for your blessing.

  • Katie

    thank-you Sarah.

  • DJ Brown

    A breathtaking word of assurance that I will share/forward to everyone I know! Thank you, Sarah, for using
    your gifts on our behalf.

  • DanaeY

    thank you for this.

  • Naomi

    Tears. Needed to hear this today. Thank you.

  • Carolina Anda

    We often forget we are loved because He is love and we start trying to earn love instead of acting because we are already loved. Thank you for the beautiful reminder Sarah!!!

  • Marlo Oostmeyer

    Thank you so much. This is the first time I have come across your writings and I am so thankful that I have. Blessings wished to you.

  • Kourtney Williams

    Beautiful. Yes. Thank you. I love your writing.

  • Jory Micah

    Beautiful! My favorite part: You don’t have to be beautiful and thin with an articulated and ironic fashion sense, not at all. But if you’re into that kind of thing, well, that’s okay, too, darling. 🙂

  • Paul Walton

    You don’t have to be able to write well, no, not at all. But I am glad that you can.

  • Moyo

    This put a smile on my face. Life seems to demand so much while love only asks that we come as we are. Keep writing!

  • pastordt

    Wow, I needed to read this today, nodding my head through a sheen of tears. Thank you.

  • Tara Ulrich

    Loved this so much! And you are loved too! My fave paragraph is this: “You’re already so loved, you aren’t earning a breath of love or tenderness more than what you already have just by breathing – just by existing, just by being here in the wonder. Your name is already written in the lines of the hands of the universe, you’re star-breath-of-dust and you are beloved, intimately, faithfully, wholly. It’s your lifelong rock, you are known. You are loved with delight and abundance, with choice and desire, with covenantal love.” Amen!!

  • I love this >> You have nothing to prove. You have nothing to earn.

    No matter how many times I learn this, I struggle to KNOW this. Thank you for this reminder, it was just what I needed to hear today.

  • How often I forget that when I respond to the Breath desiring change in me, that it is a loving response to being loved, not a prerequisite. Thank you so much for the reminder.

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  • Amy

    So, I just discovered you, and that was the work of Jesus. My husband and I are going through a sad departure from vocational ministry and dealing with some hurt. God has other plans, and we are accepting that. But we are also rebuilding. I just started reading Jesus Feminist, and it is rocking my world and putting words to struggles I have been dealing with for years. I have needed this. It is so healing. Your words are a healing tool, and I just wanted to say thank you for using them in this beautiful, artistic, true, real way that so many need.

  • Nika

    Sarah, this text is so beautiful and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

    All the best,
    Nika

  • Sonya

    Sarah, I must confess that I have read this post several times in the last few days, getting something new from it each and every time. It fed my soul. Thank you.

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  • Nisha Benny-Varghese

    Beautiful!!! My reverend said God works opposite to how the world works – God loves us just because and the world loves us because we have something or are something.

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  • adelynne

    Thank you for this. I just broke up with my fiance, and it hurts. But I am basking in His love.

  • Brenna

    Thank you. Just thank you.

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