Some thoughts on Easter and UK Basketball


I wrote a post a couple of years ago, Worth Dying For, about how awesome it is as an insecure person to rest in His love for me. At that time, someone read the title and told me, “that’s wrong. None of us are worth dying for. We are sinners deserving of judgment.” And that is so true.  We are sinners. None of us are worthy, but because He loves us, He deemed us worth dying for.  God, in His love, chose us even though we don’t deserve it.

And to me, that’s even better. His love is unconditional. It doesn’t rest on me or my performance in anyway. I could never earn it, and I don’t have to.

I live in KY where most of the state “bleeds blue.” You may not be a UK fan, but if you watch college basketball (and maybe even if you don’t), you’ve probably heard about this year’s team. They garnered national attention as they won game after game, reaching a 38-0 season.

They were undefeated. Perfect.

Until last night.

And now, just like that, it’s over. They are 38-1. As I scrolled through my Facebook feed this morning, I saw people jumping off the UK bandwagon left and right. Because they aren’t perfect anymore.

And since today is Easter Sunday, I got to pondering about the reason Jesus came to this earth. The reason he suffered a brutal death on the cross. And it’s kind of like that UK game last night. The loss will always come.

No matter how good we may try to be, there is enough sin in us to negate it all.  We could never be good enough. Because we can never be completely perfect.

I’ve had people in my life who “loved” me for me…but only when I’m lovable. They loved what I could give them, what I could do for them. They loved a talent I might have, my outward appearance, or a fun-loving attitude. They loved me on good days.

But, you see, I’m not perfect. And those things never last. I will let people down every time. And then, when I’m not so lovable anymore, they are gone.

But God’s love has absolutely nothing to do with me. It is unconditional.

He loves me. Not when I’m having a good day, or because I do x, y, and z, or because I look a certain way. But just because of who He is. And there is such comfort in that. Because He is unchanging. I’m so glad that his love and grace doesn’t rest on me or my performance!

I don’t have to try and earn His love, or be “good enough” because I know I know I never could. You never could.

But He loves us anyway.


  1. Regina Merrick says

    Well said, Crystal. There are lots of days I don’t FEEL lovable, but i know my Jesus loves me anyway! HIS grace is sufficient. No one else’s. OK, now I have “He Loves Me Anyway” in my head, only it’s just THAT LINE! :) I guess I needed to hear that this morning!

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