I think I have typed and re typed this post about a gazillion times and at moments I would just sit here and stare at a screen. I have always been so scared to show who I was and my weaknesses. I was always afraid to show my downfalls and the things that threw me in a full-on depression. I thought it would make me less than. I thought showing my physical and metaphorical scars would make me look less perfect. This is coming from someone who is a recovering perfectionist so not looking perfect in life was a struggle (yes, I am aware no one can be perfect but Jesus). I read these two verses just last week:
“Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” As he spoke, he showed them his hands and his feet.”
“As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord!”
So, what I am reading is that Jesus showed His very real scars to help us believe in Him? Well, He showed the people during this time but because we get to read the bible, He is showing them to us. He wants us to see Him, just like He sees us. I have had a fleeting thought: why are we so afraid to show our scars that changed our lives? Meaning: why are we so afraid to show people what we see as a weakness, but God uses as a strength?
You’ve heard those verses that state that God’s strength is shown in our weaknesses? I think it goes something like that. So, why don’t we start acting as if it is a strength?
Jesus walked up to His disciples after He had been risen from the dead and had to show them His palms, in order for them to believe in Him. Now this could be a far stretch but hear me out, what if instead of hiding our flaws, our scars and our weaknesses we showcase them in the best way possible? What if that is how we bring people to Jesus? What if showing people that He can love our hot mess selves shows others that He can love them just as much too?
What if you reached out to others with your palms open wide showing those scars that changed your life for the better? Better yet, what if you showed others how the scars on Jesus’s palms changed our lives?
Do not be afraid to show others that you aren’t perfect. Do not be afraid to show others that you are different. Do not be afraid to show others that you just don’t have your life together or that you have had some serious issues in the past. Your story is what makes you, you. Jesus does not care if you have a thousand followers on Instagram or that you have the best technology in the world. He knows that the story you have been given and the mess of a life you have had is what is going to call others to Him.
It is hard to listen to people who seem to have their lives all put together. I don’t know about you, but I want real, raw and honest. I want someone to tell me that life may be hard but ultimately works out. I want someone to show me the ugly before it got pretty.
So, show people the ugly. Show people your scars. Show people your weaknesses. Show people your flaws. Then show them that God still loves you more than anything regardless of all of that.
Somethings to think about & journal if you are feeling spunky:
- Are you trying to appear perfect?
- Do you have scars that have completely changed your life? Literal or metaphorical?
- How could you show others that you have overcome those scars because of God?