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I am that prodigal son who wasted all the portion entrusted to me by my father. But I have not yet fallen at my father's knees. I have not yet begun to put away from me the enticements of my former riotous living.
St Jerome

For a long time I thought I had to be a perfect person for God to want me.   As hard as I tried to be perfect I was a hypocrite who failed in many areas to represent God. If God hadn't help me know Him, I would not be able to represent Him at all. 

There is nothing you can say or do that can change how much God wants you. If you have never been real good at representing God,  yet you come to God as you are, you represent God's nature more than if you had never outwardly misrepresented God, etc yet never come to God because you may have imagined He doesn't think you are worth anything. 

There is nothing you can do to make God want you any more.  He wants you for no other reason than He wants nothing more than you. 

Matthew 21:31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.

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