We are more 



than what has happened



 to us.


Most of us have dealt with outer scars


 that can be physically seen, 


and some of us know all about inner turbulence 


that has plagued us for years 


and left scars that no one sees.  




Embedded in some of our scarring... 


we will have stories of elation, 


deep hurts, discomfort, agony, despair, 


disappointment, endurance, lessons learned


blessings, and messages 


that can help us to grow in grace 


and empower healing in others.



None of the scars on us or in us are in vain. 


The scarring means that the healing process


 is in progress,


and those painful wounds 


are turning into scars.


We are healing!!!


God has a way of using our first hand experiences


so that onlookers can come to realize


 the grace of God 


on full display... through us.

There is a bigger picture to consider 


than our momentary discomfort.



“Jesus, the Author and perfecter of our faith, 


who for the joy set before Him...


endured … ” 



Perhaps this was behind James’ exhortation to 


“Consider it pure joy 


whenever you face trials of many kinds 


because you know that 


the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 


Let perseverance finish its work 


so that you may be mature and complete, 


not lacking anything.”


 (James 1:2-4)



If nothing else, our scars have the potential 


of making us wiser and better people.

So, without counting the many trials which are behind us,
 
let us embrace our scars and allow God to use them 

in the lives of others.

May we look forward to 

the beautiful days which lie ahead,

and count them all joy.

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