We are more
than what has happened
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.”
If nothing else, our scars have the potential
of making us wiser and better people.