Scar Tissue

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
 
A physical scars are adhesions on tissue in the body that form after trauma and can affect skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons. As part of the body’s repair process, new protein (collagen) fibers replace the injured tissue and a scar is formed
 
I have been a Christian for a very long time and have been in the ministry for over 20 years. I must admit that I, like most of you have experiences hurt in my life. Hurt from family, friends, co-workers and yes enemies. I believe like a physical scar, emotional hurt causes us to have scars.
 
So why would God allow us to have emotional scars?
 
You see I think there is beauty in our scars once they are healed. Right now I have a large scar on my leg where cancer was removed. It still looks horrible with red ugly lines where the stitches were and a long ugly cut where the incision was made to remove the cancer. It is summer and time to wear shorts. Some days I am self conscience of my scar and I choose an outfit that will cover my scar. Most days I choose to see my scar as a battle wound of a war I won and I choose to let my scar shine.
2. A scar will be a reminder to you not to repeat the same act that caused the hurt. For some of us it may take us getting hurt more than once before we get it.
 
3. Our hurts draw us closer to the Lord. When we are hurt as Christians our healing comes from the Lord. When we are hurt, God is hurting for us. He wants us to come to Him to ask for His help. He wants to help our hurt heal.
 
4. Your scars are proof of God’s healing power. Once God has healed you through your hurt, it becomes a testimony to others. Our story will be that God never gave up on us. And that we have been healed from our hurt.
 
You see I think there is beauty in our scars once they are healed. Right now I have a large scar on my leg where cancer was removed. It still looks horrible with red ugly lines where the stitches were and a long ugly cut where the incision was made to remove the cancer. It is summer and time to wear shorts. Some days I am self conscience of my scar and I choose an outfit that will cover my scar. Most days I choose to see my scar as a battle wound of a war I won and I choose to let my scar shine.
 
God has a purpose for your scars— a powerful purpose. Maybe today you just need to stop and ask God what that powerful purpose of your scars are for and then fulfill your purpose.

Lost

Psalm 16:11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
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Have you ever been lost with someone who was stubborn and would not stop to get directions? I know this doesn’t happen as often as it used to due to all the map apps available on our phones today. If you are really young you may not have a clue what I am talking about when I say paper maps. There are many ways to get lost other than driving from one location to the other.
 
Maybe you have been lost on whether to stay at a job or to leave for another one. You could be lost on what to do in a current relationship, end it or keep going. There may be a large decision you need to make that could effect your family and you are lost on how to proceed. Just maybe, on a spiritual level you are lost as to what God wants you to do, where to attend church, whether to volunteer, go on a mission trip, lead a study or share Jesus with a friend or family member.
 
I have good news for you!! Psalm 16:11 tells us that we can stop and ask for directions. It is ok if we do, actually God loves it when we do. As a matter of fact, it is better for us.
 
In years past, when cell phones and apps were not readily available, you would have to read a paper map to get to a new location. It was easier to keep driving, even if you knew you were lost than to stop and ask someone for directions. It took time to stop, get out of the car, walk into a store, possibly wait in line to ask the attendant for clarity of how to get to where you were going and the embarrassment of appearing that you could not read a simple map. It is ironic that the time taken to drive around looking on your own, could have been saved simply by stopping and asking for help. You may have gotten there quicker had you stopped in the first place.
 
Whatever you are “LOST” about, turn to God today and ask for His help. As the scripture says, He will show you the way of LIFE. That means anything and everything you need, He will show you the way. You don’t have to go to bible study after bible study to read about your purpose. You don’t need a psychic to tell you what to do. There is no need to worry about it night and day. Stop right now and go to the Lord. Pray everyday until the Lord shows you the way. If you need help, post below your “LOST” and we will pray with you for God’s direction.