We must learn the art of weakness, of non-achievement, of being able to cope with the knowledge of our own poverty and helplessness without trying to escape from it into something we an accept more easily. And we must know that it is even in that poverty and helplessness that God sees us with love, even with approbation, however much it may be tinged with sadness and censure. God never says to us, "I want you to be something else" without also saying "I love you as you are."

Simon Tugwell, A Glimpse of Jesus by Brennan Manning