"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." (Romans 12: 2 NLT)
God accepts us as we are, but longs for us to become more. When we learn to cooperate with Him and seek His will as the supreme good of our lives, then we can believe what He already believes about us -- that we can be vastly more than we are. We need not forever be the victims of our earlier conditioning. God has put within us the power to change, to overcome our handicaps, and to grow.
-- Adapted from Cecil Osborne in The Art of Understanding Yourself