We want to be able to run the race God has given us; however, living a grace-filled life is difficult if we are in emotional turmoil. Religion or our past circumstances can affect our ability to connect and have a relationship with God and other people. Grace relates not just to how we treat others, but also to how we feel about ourselves. God wants us to go to Him to get the help we need, but this begins with first knowing that He accepts and loves us, and wants to commune with us. He wants us to enjoy life to the fullest until it overflows, but this is tough to do if we do nott enjoy ourselves. Grace can be defined as a divine influence on our hearts that guides our lives; when we learn to like ourselves the way God likes us, our self-image—and our lives—will be dramatically impacted for the better.