When you next look in the mirror, behold there this you – not whatever other you you may believe yourself to be! For this is the true you, the real you, the you God created you to be.
And if you don’t believe me, maybe these wise words of the great theologian Karl Barth will help:
“[Man’s] legal status as a sinner is rejected in every form. Man is no longer seriously regarded by God as a sinner. Whatever he may be, whatever there is to be said of him, whatever he has to reproach himself with, God no longer takes him seriously as a sinner. He has died to sin; there on the Cross of Golgotha…We are no longer addressed and regarded by God as sinners…We are acquitted gratis, sola gratia, by God’s own entering in for us.” (Dogmatics in Outline)
If you can begin to see yourself, and everyone else you meet, like this, as God does, it will change your life! And isn’t that what Advent is all about anyway?