The pitfall of piety

It seems that the more pious we try to be,
the further away we are from God
and the closer we are
to making ourselves our own god.

And, well... That never turns out well
for ourselves or others. 

When we pump the brakes on false piety,
we can more easily see, receive, and extend
the love that God has for us
even (especially) in the midst of our messes.