This world is forever demanding that we take it as seriously as it takes itself, and it tempts us to take ourselves too seriously too. Ash Wednesday says, “No, no, no, dear sinner. You’re just dust, living in a world that’s just dust, and you and the world both are returning to dust. And you are dear to God nevertheless.” – Jonathan Rogers
There’s a problem with the implied theology here, but the underlying truth is sound. You are dust, and unworthy. But you are dear to God none the less. He loves you not because you are lovely, but because he is.