It all seems so counterintuitive, that a God who loves us so much also demands from us our full and complete selves. might set up a dating website for people who have no interest in the Simpsons because they’re not 6 any more. The "starvation model" says that opportunities for love and connection are rare, and anything you do that decreases your pool of dateable partners makes those opportunities even more rare. If you have a starvation model, that can make you desperate, needy, cynical, or pessimistic. There are two fundamentally different ways to think about relationships.If you have an abundance model, that can make you relaxed, confident, and optimistic. I mean, if you really get down to it, I have a particular weakness for mostly-lesbian-leaning bisexual polyamorous kinky redheads with postgraduate degrees in science or engineering. You'd think with that level of specificity I would never meet anyone like that, yet you'd be astonished how many people I know who check all of those ticky-boxes.
As the blood dripped from the nails in His hands, He watched Jesus call out “ and let Him die.All because He loved you and me, and wants to see us in communion with Him, washed by Jesus’ blood on the cross.Maybe when we consider the breadth of the sacrifice of God (read: His own Son) to give us hope beyond Death, we can understand why God demands what He does of us. A Father who gave so much for you and me would hate to see us reject Him.How He then lifted me up out of my hatred at the world, assuaged my deep-seated insecurity about my own social status.How He taught me – often dragging my petulant and self-absorbed body to class – that popularity within this world means nothing. Since then, I believe that following God has restored true joy in my life.