"...There was what an Orthodox Hasidic rabbi had said on a flight westward...Somewhere over the mountains, the light thick above the clouds, the rabbi had turned to me, mid-conversation. 'Why do you people always say it's about having a strong belief in God? Who sits with the knowing that God's belief in you is even stronger than yours in Him?'
I'd put down my Styrofoam cup of black coffee and tried to read the rabbi's face. He'd leaned forward in his seat and tilted his head so he could look at me directly. 'You may believe in God, but never forget - it's God who believes in you.'
He looked out the window and pointed. 'Every morning that the sun rises and you get to rise? That's God saying He believes in you, that He believes in the story He's writing through you. He believes in you as a gift the world needs.'
God's mercies are new every morning - not as an obligation to you, but as an affirmation of you. Was I living my life like I fully believed that?"
- Ann Voskamp in The Broken Way