August 26, 2013
…you have to be utterly convinced that you exist because God wanted you to; and that because God wanted you to exist, he liked the thought of you. In which case, there’s not much alternative, really, but to go along with what God wanted - i.e. to give thanks for being yourself and rejoice in it. Not in a way that says, I’m entirely fine, mature, virtuous, balanced, brave, and modest - God doesn’t like the thought of us because he admires us; he just likes the thought of this particular person, warts and all, existing as a place where glory may be visible. So when we delight in being ourselves, we’re not passing an approving judgement on all we do and suggesting that we need no improvement and face no radical challenge, we’re acknowledging with joy the fact of our unique existence, as willed by God.
— Archbishop Rowan Williams