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“Father God, thank You that You approve of each of us just as we are. Nothing about each of us You’d want to improve. And, yes, that includes ME!!!! We go the way of being liked and approved by all, only to find we still feel the lack we feel. It’s an ‘inside job,’ Father God, i.e., if we approve of ourselves as You approve of us, there won’t be any need to look ‘out’ for their approval. More or mere, each of us is enough. ‘My grace is sufficient for you’ (2 Corinthians 12:9). Their approval? Not really loving way. Really loving way is loving You, Father God, through Your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ, loving ourselves, and loving others (in that order). On a more personal note, I do tend to take it on the chin when they don’t approve of me, but it doesn’t really hurt all that bad. What really hurts all that bad is when I’m not really loving way but instead pursuing the route of their approval. ‘Timothy, you ARE approved and you ALWAYS were,’ says Jesus. ‘Take THAT on the chin!’ And thanks to my therapist, Mark, who inspired the closing quoted words of this God Sonnet. I can already hear him dropping the microphone! 😉I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and Approved Name of Jesus Christ, and this prayer is answered by my faith and my belief. Please help me, Father God, where my faith and my belief are lacking. Amen.”

(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope for the loving way, not looking ‘out’ but looking ‘in’ to see God and Jesus already approve of me and always have, this daily leavened [Jesus Approves!] bread.”)

Being liked by all? Not really loving.

Being approved by all? Not really “real.”

Let’s say they all feel no need for shoving

you away. You’d still feel the lack you feel.

Not really loving is me looking “out.”

Out there, someone must approve of my “in.”

Whether “out” or “in,” I must approve “route.”

My route in life? To take it on the chin.

“As you write this, Timothy, make it clear,”

says Jesus. “My Father and I approve.

Our Way is just as you are, more or mere.

Nothing about you we’d want to improve.”

“Drop the microphone!” Words my friend will say.

Their approval? Not really loving way.

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