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unconditional love

My daughter Abby was 2-months old yesterday. She's turned out to be a little porker (weighed in at 14 lbs. 6 oz.). She is our first child, so I'm new to this whole dad thing. But one thing is for sure--I love her a ton. I had a moment a few days ago when we were laying on the floor together and I found myself saying to her, "There is not a single thing that you could do to make me love you more, and not a single thing you could do to make me love you less."

It was a great reminder that God feels the exact same way about you and me. Because of Jesus, there is nothing that I could do to make God love me more, and nothing that would make God love me less. And, as somebody who has a hard time accepting the truth that God really, totally, completely loves me, it was a great lesson.


  1. Blogger matthew | 9/19/2006 5:42 PM |  

    Hey bro, beautiful daughter you have there. Im not sure she would like to be referred to as "a porker." It might lower her self-esteem.
    I wanted to be the first one to comment on your blog, guess i am a TOTAL SUCCESS! Anyways thanks for starting this site, i think its a great idea and will do my best to post meaningful comments from now on :)

  2. Blogger Troy B. | 9/27/2006 8:47 PM |  

    Great thoughts Luke. I've been listening to John Piper's 6/20/04 sermon titled, Predestined for Adoption to the Praise of His Glory. Piper talks about the amazing display of how God models His love in adopting us, by bringing children into our families, so we can praise the glory of His grace (Eph. 1:6) in our own lives. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Anonymous Anonymous | 10/05/2006 7:22 PM |  

    Luke - its fun to watch you go through this dad thing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'll remind you of your 2 week thoughts when she's 11 years old. ~ Guy