I have a scar on my right hand. It has a story.
I got it punching out a window…to save an endangered monkey. Hmmm… a baby seal… kitten? Yes, I punched through a window to save a kitten.
I actually got that scar washing dishes, but the other story would be much more impressive, would you mind passing it along?
We all have scars. Even if your body is free from them, chances are your heart and mind haven’t made it this far unscathed. Scars are the byproduct of a fallen world. They tell the world we’ve fallen, been cut into, been hurt, been foolish, sacrificed, fought, been clumsy, or have been sick.
We all have scars. Have you ever wished you could change their story? You know, make it more impressive, more palatable, less painful maybe? I know I have.
Some scars are caused by others, but often our scars are self-inflicted. We scar ourselves by making choices that cause us to fall. Those are the scars we are most likely to hide.
Don’t hide your scars. You are not the only one who falls.
“We all stumble in many ways” James 3:2
Don’t hide your scars. There is no shame in scars.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1
Don’t hide your scars. They are proof of your healing.
“for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again” Prov 24:16
If you remained on the ground, you’d have no scar, but a scar is proof that you bleed but didn’t die.
Don’t hide your scars; they are the power of God in your life.
“the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Cor 1:4
There is a world of people dying from the traps that you survived, what a testimony!
Every scar tells a story. A story of healing, a story of restoration, and a story of survival. Don’t be ashamed of your scars.
Praying for you this week. That God would heal your wounds and give you confidence in the story of your scars.