Are we our biggest critic? For many of us, we get annoyed with ourselves for getting things wrong. We may often say to ourselves, “why did I do that?” Or even, “how could I be so stupid?” But is this the way that God looks at us? In the Bible reading this week, we have the account of Jesus’ baptism where a voice from heaven says, “This is my beloved Son, with Him I am well pleased.” What is interesting is that, in Mark’s Gospel, we have the words “with YOU I am well pleased.” It is not unreasonable to think that God is well pleased with us. After all, he created us and, elsewhere in the Bible we read, He sings over us. We are adopted into his family. We are his children. He has promised us eternity with Him. Perhaps it is time to re-orientate our thinking. Perhaps we should not be too hard on ourselves but rather bask in His love. This love was demonstrated by the cross.