Notes to self

 

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You can’t earn love.

Ever.

Don’t ever think you once have, it wasn’t love.

Don’t ever think you should, it won’t be love.

Love was never meant to be earned. That’s what makes love ‘love.’

This is what love looks like…

This is real love–not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. – 1 John 4:10

That it is given when it is least deserved but desperately needed. There is nothing that could make God love you any less or any more than he already does.

And there is nothing that can ever compare to the love from the One who made you.

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Notes to self

First impressions and being underrated.

The impressions we give off about ourselves really do matter, that goes without saying. First impressions, they say, count the most and are lasting. So I suppose this means if you’re not glowing in a hundred different colors then you’re bound to end up as a dull forgotten memory.
I can’t help but wonder…
The fact is, by deciding on our impressions of other people/things/situations we are essentially playing the role of a judge(as we all often do). And the judgments we make are based on our standards of critique. I came across an interesting quote in a magazine recently by a jazz critic named, Whitney Balliett (1926-2007). It read ‘A critic is a bunch of biases held loosely together by a sense of taste.’
The ‘biases’ and sense of ‘taste of taste’ part really stuck with me. I truly believe that the judgments we make are based on our biases and sense of taste. Both are very individualistic concepts and as such unreliable in making true judgments.
It happens everyday; we look at someone/thing and based on our biased ideas and our sense of taste draw conclusions that may very well be wrong. All this, more often than not, from first impressions.
Being underrated falls in place perfectly as a consequence. We may do your absolute best in your endeavors or in just being ourselves but still easily come up short to our ‘audience’.

What if we just try harder?
If it is a situation that demands more of us, in terms of unleashing our true potential, the by all means we should try harder.
But if it is a situation that demands more of what is NOT us then it’s best to just let it be!
First impressions may be important but final judgments should always be reserved until careful observations are made.