There’s nothing better to me than curling up in my favorite chair with a hot cup of coffee & a new book from my favorite writer. This lady just gets me…I swear! I feel like she writes everything I’m thinking, adds a heaping tablespoon of Jesus’ word & waalaa…my perfect book. I truly wish we could all be graced with a person that does this for us. A person that speaks truth over justice, truth over love & truth over Jesus.
Now here’s a thought…what if WE could be that person? That person that spoke up, spoke mercy & spoke grace. That person that stopped dividing & comparing but started uniting. That person that didn’t react with defense but responded with compassion. I think about “that person” quite often. I think about how Jesus made us all to be that person and how we have all fallen short. With sin, corruption & free will, it’s amazing we get any of it right but He knew what we would be facing. He knew our daily struggles of stress…financially, physically, emotionally. Our heartbreak of loss, illness & brokenness. Our devastation of abuse, neglect & addiction. He knows ALL of this and still created us to be the answer. He knew an addict would need another addict that had walked the steps of sobriety to comfort them through their own grueling process. He knew a mother that just lost her baby would find comfort in speaking with another mother who went through the same loss & survived. He knew all this, and He created US. (That bears repeating)
You see, it is our deficits, our shortcomings our bruises that make us “that person”. It’s those exact faults that we think label us “damaged” that are our gifts of comfort.
“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”
2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT
I pray that we can all remember that we were created with such intention, joy & purpose that falling short doesn’t make us unworthy, it makes us real. It makes us bless-ed.
You are not your worst mistake. Let me repeat that. You. Are. Not. Your. Worst. Mistake. You are the person who survived that mistake, who grew from it & are here to talk about it. We don’t get to pick our flaws…if we did, I’m sure I would choose a pretty flaw like, “being too quiet”…but instead God gave me a big ol mouth that has a hard time shutting up…but it’s with that loud mouth that He also gave me passion. So as long as I use this loud mouth to passionately speak His truth, then I know I’m using it to its fullest, loudest potential. (And yes, I’m fully aware I have 2 ears & 1 mouth)
So, what’s your “gift”? And not the pretty one, like teaching, writing or singing…those are awesome but I’m talking about the gift you were given that feels like a burden? The gift that you wish you could re-gift? Mine is without hesitation, multiple miscarriages. It’s been a devastating, unfair, emotional gift. But it’s also the gift that has other moms reach out to me with tears in their eyes, lumps in their throat and utter those painful words “we lost the baby, I didn’t have anyone else to call”. I realize this life is so much bigger than me. This “gift” is so much bigger than me.
Jesus came so we could live, so we could be free. Let’s embrace our struggles, hardships & battles & turn them into armor. Let’s be “that person”.
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
John 10:10 NLT