I think something important to know when thinking about how God views us, is that actually, life is not about us! Life is about God and spreading His love to others! Less of me, more of Him.
But what does this actually mean in practice?
It means denying earthly desires to sin and do what we want, and instead, to surrender our will to Him. Let me tell you there is joy, blessing, and good things that we will want more and more when we do this.