When I was about 7 years old I caught a nasty skin infection that caused awful bumps to pop up on one of my arms and the lower half of my body. The other day I was looking in the mirror and realized that almost 20 years later I still have scars from the infection; and only a few have almost faded away. Now I must admit I’m a bit self-conscious about them and have always wanted to keep them covered-they’re not exactly pretty. Anyhow-this made me think about how many of us have spiritual, emotional, and mental scars from events like past bad relationships, disappointments, and losses. Even though the events may have happened years, maybe even decades ago, these scars cause us shame and still affect how we operate on a daily basis.
Now it’s important for children of God to understand this: it’s okay to have scars as they are only a sign that we have survived a storm. In fact, as children of God I believe we’ll all pick up a few scars along the way because the Word of God tells us that many are the afflictions of the righteous but God will deliver his children from them all (Psalm 34:19, New King James Version). And where there are afflictions there will also be scars to follow! However, we shouldn’t be ashamed of our scars, allowing them to hold us back from walking in spiritual BOLDNESS or moving FORWARD with our lives.
Still some of us hide scars on our hearts, covering them by putting up emotional walls, refusing to ever love again. Then many of us hide scars of disappointment by putting up walls of negativity, vowing to never try a new thing or “get our hopes up” again. Now if this is you, today I encourage you to EMBRACE your scars because they tell a story of what God has brought you through; and the good news is that you’re still STANDING. So being that God thought enough of you to keep you standing, let not one of your scars, whether it’s physical or in another form, hold you back from doing any GOOD thing you want to do. Go ahead and be BOLD in the Lord, scars and all!
Philippians 1:20 (NKJV)
“according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.”
-To God be the Glory
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.