Do you have scars? Scars can be any physical or emotional marks left after wounds heal. We often think they are ugly and a constant reminder of hard times so we try to cover them up and pretend they don’t exist. But, is there another way to look at our scars and actually think they are beautiful?
I was recently watching a home restoration show on television. The couple bought an old store and turned it into their home. As they toured the camera crew around, they pointed out all the original details that were kept in the final design. These items included the store sign, marble tiles and other beautiful, historical artifacts that did not surprise me. But a few things caught my attention. The couple kept the stair handrails that had gouges and even a gunshot in it. They also kept the original wood entry way that was scuffed and incredibly marked up. They said that those distressed pieces told the story of the building and if they were all replaced, the building would loose its character. Most of the scuff marks were probably just normal every-day wear and tear of a hundred year old store, but the gun shot was obviously an extraordinary event. Although I don’t know what happened, I’m guessing it was a low point in the history of the store. At least one person’s life was probably altered on that day and the store may have even closed for a while. But, good or bad, it is part of the story of the building.
So it is with our lives. All of us have scars – some we can see and some we can’t. By definition, scars are a result of wounds healing. And this always involves pain. For this reason, we often try to hide the scars and try to forget the pain. But, like it or not, those scars represent stories that have shaped us into who we are today.
Romans 5:3-5 says, “ Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
We may wish that we didn’t have scars, we may wish that we never had to endure the hard times that created the scars in the first place. But God uses them to build our character and shape us into who He wants us to be. We think that our scars make us ugly and unshapely, but God uses them to make us beautiful. Click To Tweet They are the stories that have the potential to make us strong – if we choose to embrace them.
Sometimes, we choose to play the victim. Life has been hard; we have scars. So we hide away so no one can see us. What if someone stares or says something rude? We can be embarrassed so we sit around and feel sorry for ourselves. That is a choice that we have, but is it a good choice?
Yes, your scars (both visible and invisible) make you unique and different from everyone else. But if you choose to acknowledge them and grow because of them, then they become just another part of your story. You can use these scars to reach out and help others. Yes, people may still stare or ask questions – but what a great opportunity to tell them about the journey God has brought you through and how He can help them also!Your scars make you beautiful - God loves you and will use you for His glory if you let Him! Click To Tweet