As Is – No Warranty

3 05 2016

We recently had the opportunity (if you want to call it that) to look for a ‘new-to-me vehicle’. It became necessary because the transmission in our 12-year-old car started to fail. For many reasons we decided to replace the vehicle rather than fix it. So we were thrown into the not always so pleasant process of purchasing another vehicle. One common item that we saw throughout this process (because of the vehicles we were looking at) is a statement in the window that said, “As Is – No Warranty.”

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Now we all know what this statement means. It’s pretty simple really. ‘As Is – No Warranty’ means that there are no promises from the dealer to correct, fix, or otherwise repair any defects that the vehicle may have. You, as the buyer, assume all responsibility for the vehicle. I never did like that statement…As Is. It seems so calloused, so cold. It implies that nothing will be done when problems are encountered. And, let’s face it, when a pre-owned vehicle is in question there’s going to be issues.

As I pondered the meaning of what we were getting ourselves into…God started to impress something on my heart. As Is… It leaves you solely responsible for everything. You’re alone and on the hook for any problem, issue, concern, or anything else that may creep in. The cost of any repairs necessary is placed squarely on the shoulders of the buyer. No one else will come running to your rescue. It’s ‘As Is’ – just how you purchased it. Now…for an extra cost you can purchase an extended warranty. This will cover the vehicle for defects, issues, or whatever – of course depending on the warranty you purchase. The more you want covered…the more the warranty costs.

In life there are always issues, concerns, hardships and problems that crowd in. Sometimes it seems that just when one problem is corrected another issue surfaces. We were never promised a life without troubles though. Jesus told us just the opposite. “…In this world you will have trouble…(John 16:33).” Skeptics would call that an ‘As Is – No Warranty’ statement. No warranties of any kind are implied. The world we live in is going to bring about trouble, trials, and tribulation; and you’re on your own when facing all of them. Any solutions needed are up to you to find and implement. No one is going to help you out. Anyone left alone to face a trial or hardship can tell you that the one thing they would have liked is some help in the middle of it. If we listen to the skeptics they would continue to tell us that it’s just how the world is. We will always be on our own. “It’s you against the world,” they declare. “You might as well just deal with it.”

As Is – No Warranty.

The problem with this is the skeptics never read the last part of that verse. Jesus may have stated that we’re going to have trouble…but He never implied that He would leave us alone to face it. Look at the rest of that verse. “…But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)” Jesus never stated that we would be alone. He says that there’s trouble coming…but that we don’t have to face it alone. It’s declared all throughout the Scriptures that we’re not by ourselves.surrender

• Deuteronomy 31:6 states that God will not leave us.
• Psalm 23 declares that we will never be in want.
• John 14:27 promises that Jesus will give us His peace.

These are just a few of the many statements that we’re not on our own in life. Life in Christ comes with an irrevocable statement from the Creator of the Universe that we will never be alone. Nothing more is needed. No extended warranties are necessary. All of the benefits of the new life in Christ are available the moment we ‘sign the deal’. In the used car world we will have to deal with As Is – No Warranty…but that’s never the case with life in Christ.





Getting Good at Being You

31 01 2014

This one came from my Grandpa. It’s definitely worth posting. Thanks, Papa.

Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you……. (Jeremiah 1:5 — NCV)
Beginnings are very important. In fact, the place of origin has much to do with the quality of the journey as well as the final destination. My journey – like yours – began in the heart and mind of God. Before I took even one breath, God wanted, loved and planned me. That same truth applies to you, my friend. You are no accident. You and I were created in response to the love of God and according to His plans. God did not “accidentally” create us and then step back in alarm and say, “Oops! I created her. Now what am I going to do with her?” The plan came first.

There have been many times in my life when I doubted my worth and value. I filled every waking moment with activity – good things – thinking that if I did enough good things, I would be good enough. It didn’t work. I can never be good enough to earn the love and favor of God. The good news is that I don’t have to be. My worth and value rest in the fact that I am chosen by God to be His very own child. I am loved, wanted and planned by God Himself. Wow! God Himself supervised our formation. We were created – not to be a puppet – but for an intimate relationship with God.

Psalm 139:14-16 (NCV) “I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well. You saw my bones being formed as I took shape in my mother’s body. When I was put together there, you saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old.”

When our son, Jered, was four-years-old, we enrolled him in a daycare for two mornings each week. Jered loved to play with other children and always seemed to get along with everyone. I was surprised and upset when his teacher asked me to come in for a conference. My husband said, “Honey, how bad can it be? Jered is only four!” Jered’s teacher met us with a smile and a good report. “Jered is a wonderful little boy,” she began, “but there is one problem. How long has Jered known he was adopted?” I was still clueless about that being a problem, but answered, “Since he began talking. We have told him repeatedly how special he is and that he is a chosen baby.” She smiled and went on to explain that Jered told the other children how he was special because he was adopted. In fact, Jered informed each child that his mom and dad had chosen him – while their parents “got stuck” with them.

Listen, my friend, when you begin to understand and live out the eternal truth that you are loved, planned, wanted and chosen by God, His perfect plan and highest purpose will naturally unfold before you each day. Remember, in His eyes, you are special, and His plan for your life is simply for you to get good at being you.





Where I Belong

27 01 2014

music“Here in Your courts where I’m close to Your throne, I’ve found where I belong.” That’s one of the lines from Hillsong’s You Are Holy. As I thought about my previous post I began whispering a prayer to God. It went something like this, “God, please keep me where I belong. I don’t want to pray performance based prayers…simply asking You to bless things that are coming up. I want to live in Your presence and have ministry flow out of the abundance that brings. I belong in Your presence. Help me stay where I belong.”

In ministry it’s easy to lose sight of living in God’s presence. It’s easy to get caught up in the things we’re doing, because they’re good things that we’re doing. After all it’s ministry we’re involved in. We’re working to change people’s lives and introduce others to Christ. But if we’re not careful we can fall into the trap of basing our life on those things rather than pursuing the God that gave us those dreams in the first place.

Years ago I remember hearing someone in church say, “I want to live under the spout where the glory comes out.” I thought it was corny at the time. Now though, I see the truth in that statement. We can’t expect God to bless what we’re doing if we don’t maintain the relationship that brought us to the position we now occupy. Jesus put it this way, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener… Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:1,4-5 — NIV)”

Wait a minute! We can’t do anything apart from God. What!?! Didn’t He create us with gifts and talents? Didn’t He give us abilities to accomplish things for Him? The answer to both of these is yes. The thing to remember, however, is that we were never created to exist apart from God. It’s a symbiotic relationship. While He did create us with certain talents, gifts, and abilities they are not as effective when used apart from Him. That’s the ‘much fruit’ part of this passage.

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David gives a great example of this whole discussion. He was the greatest king that Israel had. His men were fiercely loyal to him and he was fiercely loyal to those he served. He delivered his country from oppression on multiple occasions…starting with Goliath. We can all agree that he knew how to be king. None of this was his first priority though. Through his writings in the Psalms we see his true heart. He longed for the presence of God.

  • One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. (Psalm 27:1 — NIV)
  • Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. (Psalm 84:10 — NIV)

I believe this is why he was so successful as king. He made living in God’s presence a priority.

I’ve heard it said that we can’t get anything done on any given day unless we start it with God. I wholeheartedly agree. David gives us the example and Jesus gave us the command. It’s right there for us to see. We belong in God’s presence. We were created to be in God’s presence. It’s where we belong.





Right Where I Should Be

13 01 2014

Wow…how this month has flown by. We always talk about time flying by. It has certainly been the truth this past week. In case you didn’t know I have the privilege of starting in a new ministry position. I get to serve as the Children’s Pastor at Cape First Church in Cape Girardeau, MO. It is the first time in 20 years of ministry that I have not had to work bi-vocationally (work a ‘secular’ job along with pastoring). It is an amazing opportunity to get up every day and do what I love to do…minister to God’s people.

I have always wanted to be able to do just what I’m doing right now. The thing that really amazes me about all of this is how God works all things out. Paul put it this way, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 — NIV)” I shouldn’t be surprised about it…but I usually am. God has a way of doing things in us, for, us, and through, us that totally amaze us. This time is no different.

I guess the thing that amazes me the most is that God did for me what He has done for so many people we read about. He put me right where He wanted me…even when I thought it wasn’t possible. We read about Moses and how God repositioned him to lead the Israelite slaves from Egypt after running away as a fugitive. We see that He put Esther in the right place to save her people from genocide as the queen to a foreign king. We read of Elijah’s victory on Mount Carmel. All of these people were put right where God wanted them to be when He wanted them there.

Jesus was always at the right place at the right time. He had to go to Samaria one day to keep an unspoken appointment with a woman. That conversation changed not only her life but the lives of her entire village. He amazed a crowd when he called Lazarus out of his tomb…4 days after He was told Lazarus was sick. I heard someone say it like this, “He’s never early and He’s never late. He’s always right on time.”

Not only was Jesus on time then, He is on time in our lives. How many times has God given you just what you needed right when you needed it? Maybe it was some needed encouragement. Maybe it was an unexpected tax refund. Whatever it was God positioned you for the blessing to touch your life right when you would need it. That’s what He did for me. And that’s what He can do for you.

One of the songs the kids sing on Sunday has this line…”No matter what I’m staying right here!” Will you stay on the path God has you on in order for Him to place you where He wants you? Are you willing to walk through the fire and let Him refine you? Will you walk the path God lays out for you so He can place you? It may not be easy. It may involve some pain. But when you get to the place God wants you it will be nothing short of amazing.





First of Firsts

3 01 2014

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It’s the third day of the year…of a new year. Most people are looking at the new year and counting the firsts. News channels are detailing the stories of new year babies. Others are looking at goals for the year. As I thought about this year and all the ‘firsts’ that would be talked about my mind drifted to the past and future firsts that we have all experienced.

The first time our kids cried in the delivery room. The first time they walked. The first time they talked. We remember the first day of school and the pictures that we all took. We recall our first job (whether mowing lawns or babysitting…or whatever it was). We remember the first time we drove with our brand new driver’s license. Maybe we remember the first day of our new job after graduating college. The smell of that not-so-new first car (mine was a Ford Bronco II in case you’re wondering).

All of these things are great to remember. And I believe that it’s important to look at the year ahead of us and make goals. We can’t, however, forget the first of firsts while we do this. Just in case you haven’t figured out what I’m talking about let me share this verse. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 — NIV)” We can’t forget that the Creator of all of our firsts is still there, in the beginning of this new year. He was always there…when we took our first step or when we laughed for the first time. He was there during our first heartbreak. He was there on our first difficult school test. He was always there…because He created you.

He is there in the tragic firsts. Like April 10, 1997. That was the day my first daughter stepped into Jesus’ arms. He is there in the joyous firsts. Like January 6, 2014 (this coming Monday). I have the privilege of changing jobs. I get to start full-time ministry for the first time in 20 years (first time ever…really).

trophyAs we look at the past and future firsts we can’t forget their purpose (because they really have one). Paul wrote to the Romans that, “..in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 — NIV)” Some of our firsts are difficult and some of them are not. Whatever the circumstance we can rest assured that God is in the middle of them. He has a vested interest in all of them since He uses them to mold and shape us for His glory.

Some of the firsts I would rather avoid. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like pain. It hurts. But if I avoided the pain I wouldn’t have seen God in the same way that I do now. So if that means that I have to experience some firsts that I don’t like the so be it. I’m willing to if it means God gets the recognition.

As we stand on breaking of this new year I challenge you to look for the firsts. They will teach you something about yourself and God as you walk through them. Remember and cherish the past firsts and the lessons that they taught you. Finally…always remember the First of firsts, God Almighty, is walking through each one of these with you. How do I know that? Well, He promised He would. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (Deuteronomy 31:8 — NIV)”





It’s All New For All Of Us

30 12 2013

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Well here we are again. It’s the end of another year. We see countless end of the year reviews. We see the year in pictures and hear interviews of the most interesting people of this past year. There is an anticipation of what is to come. An excitement of the new things that the next year will bring. At least for most people it’s this way.

There may be some who are reading this that are in anguish, hurt, or pain because of events this past year. The prospect of another year just means that they must work though more of that hurt and pain. Some of my friends are walking though circumstances right now that resemble this. For those individuals a new year is not exciting. There is apprehension and a longing simply to survive. They most likely won’t be celebrating on December 31.

It is to both of these groups that this post is directed. No matter our circumstances we all stand on the brink of one year ending and another one beginning. Whether the past year was filled with pain and heartache or full of excitement and adventure it is now passing. The next year is upon us. It is and will be what we make it to be.

Paul, when writing to the Corinthian church, said this, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 — NIV)” Now I realize that this verse is talking about living life in Christ. Isn’t life lived inside of time though? Since we all know it is we can apply this verse (the last half of it) to this part of time in our life.

The old year is gone. It’s over. It’s spent. It no longer exists except in our memories. We can’t change anything about it. Sure it held some pain and hurt. If we look closely there were some good times (maybe even great times) too. But all of them are in the past. They’re gone. We have no way of living them over. I know I’m starting to sound like a scratched CD (or corrupted .mp3 or broken record…depending on your generation). I believe, however, that many times we hinder the growth that God wants to bring about in us because we fail to realize that the old is gone. We can remember the lessons the difficulties taught us and cherish the memories…but none of them can be changed. The milk is spilled.

Although the above is true (we can’t change the past) there is something that can be done about the future. We stand on the brink of an entirely new year. It’s fresh. It’s new. It’s the same for every person on the planet. The Pope will wake up in 2014 with the same number of days in it you do. “…the new is here!”

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Now…I’m not so sheltered to think that we could have hardships that follow us into the new year. We will all have trouble (John 16:33). I’m simply saying that we have a choice how this new year will be lived. We can look back and anchor ourselves to the past. Alternatively we can walk into the new year free to live life as it comes…enjoying the good and conquering the bad.

This coming year is new for all of us. None of us has seen it before. No one knows what it will bring. We all have the same opportunity ahead of us. 2014 is coming whether we want it to or not. It will march into each life the same way and it brings everyone the same thing…a fresh, clean start. How you greet it is up to you.





It Is Well With My Soul

3 12 2013

Over the last three days I have repeatedly heard the story of Horatio Spafford. He is the author of the famous hymn, It Is Well With My Soul. As I listened to the story I couldn’t help but think of the verse in Psalms that reads, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:5, 42:11, 43:5)”

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If you’ve never heard Horatio’s story it is one of heartache and loss. We have all experienced similar things in life. While on their way to Europe the ship that Horatio’s wife and 4 daughters were on collided with another ship. His wife, Anna, was the only survivor in the family. A few days later, while travelling to meet his wife, Horatio passed the spot where the tragedy happened. It was that day that He penned the words to the hymn.

In some way we can all relate to this man as tragedy and heartache respect no one. They touch the lives of the young and old, rich and poor, male and female. We are reminded of this daily when we turn the news on. Yet there is one thing that we can remember in all of this…the verse in the Psalms.

I would absolutely love to say that we know why tragedy strikes. If we knew that it could be avoided. And wouldn’t that be nice? We could avoid the pain that tragedy brings. We could avoid the loss that it brings. We could avoid all the bad things that it would heap onto us. But we would also miss the grace and mercy of Almighty God in the middle of the tragedy.

“…his compassions never fail. They are new every morning…(Lamentations 3:22-23 — NIV)” I believe that one reason that they are new each morning is so He can pour them out on us when tragedy strikes. The advantage to renewing mercy and compassion is that they never run out. God has plenty to give us when we need it.

That’s why the psalmist could write that verse. “Why so disturbed within me?” The psalmist understood that God’s compassion and mercy was a renewable resource that could be drawn upon in times of trouble, tragedy, pain, and heartache. They continually renew to guide, comfort, direct, and soothe.

questionI can relate to Horatio. I have experienced the loss of a child. In 1997 my first daughter was born. Due to complications she was born at 29 weeks (that’s almost 3 months early). Because she was so early her lungs were not developed enough to bring the oxygen necessary to sustain her life. After 3 days of constantly changing ventilators, Laura went to see Jesus. I remember sitting in the waiting room, praying that I wanted her to stay here. She didn’t and tragedy rolled in. Now, almost 16 years later, I still don’t understand why…but I know that God’s mercy is new every morning.

I’m sure that Horatio Spafford asked why. I know that I did. We all will. We may never know the reasons that life happens as it does. We can, however, know that our soul need not be downcast. Though heartache and tragedy will come…when our hope is placed in God we can say, just like Horatio did, “It is well with my soul.”





It’s Not The Answer I Wanted

20 11 2013

There’s a line from one of the kid’s songs in church that has been stuck on my mind. It reads, “God answers prayer 3 ways, Yes, No, or Not today.” As I thought about that God started whispering something to my heart. I could tell He was asking a difficult question. “Will you still follow Me if I tell you, ‘No’?” So I started letting my mind ponder the question. And we all get the benefit of that pondering.

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My kids ask me questions all the time. It seems that of these questions, many times it’s questions of, “Can I have something?” or “Will you do something for me?” As a parent I sort of expect these questions. They’re a part of life and of parenting. Your kids grow to expect that they can ask anything of their parent(s). We see the same example in Scripture. God tells us over and over that we can approach Him with our requests.

  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6 — NIV)”
  • “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 — NIV)”
  • “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 — NIV)”

There is always a look of expectancy when my kids ask if they can have something. I can see it in their eyes. It’s almost as if they’re saying, “You’re the greatest dad in the world. I’ll love you forever if you grant this request.” There are many times I grant the request. Sometimes, however, the answer crushes their hopes. It’s the answer they were dreading…”No.” Suddenly they are faced with the reality that what they were hoping and waiting for is not coming.

If we’re honest with ourselves we’ll admit that we do the same thing to God. We happily and boldly approach the throne and present our request. It’s wrapped up in prayers, praise, and petition. Sometimes we put a bow of thanksgiving on it for good measure. Then we wait expectantly saying, “You’re the greatest God in the Universe. I’ll love you forever if you grant it.”
We love the ‘Yes’…but what happens when we get the other answers? We are faced with a choice at that very moment. Will we allow resentment to creep in or understand that we don’t see the entire picture?

Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament, faced this very thing (see 2 Corinthians 12). There was something that he desperately wanted God to say, “Yes.” to. It was so huge in his life that he asked 3 times. Every time God’s response was the same. No. This great apostle was denied a request. Instead he was told that God’s grace is sufficient to get him through (2 Corinthians 12:9). He was forced to realize that he needed to rely on God for the strength to endure it.

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It should be the same thing with us. All too often we fall into the rut of using God as a supernatural vending machine. When God pushes us to rely on Him (by saying ‘no or wait) we get frustrated and upset. Instead we should be rejoicing because every parent knows that ‘No’ means something better is coming. A child asks for a toy on December 1 and the normal response is, “Wait…Christmas is coming.” Remember that “…in all things God works for the good of those who love him…(Romans 8:28 — NIV)” Don’t be disappointed when you hear God say ‘No’ or ‘Wait’. Though it may not be the answer you were expecting remember that He will walk through it with you. And something way better is waiting for you down the road.





Today is the Day

18 11 2013

What a weekend! It went by faster than I could have imagined. Not just because I’m getting older but because it was packed with stuff. We’ve all had weekends like that. Last weekend was the Extreme Kids Retreat at church. My daughter went and I volunteered to help. I actually got to lead the worship Friday night and taught the first session on Saturday morning. It was a blast! Seeing kids having fun worshiping and learning about God does something in my heart. I start to understand what Jesus meant about letting the children come to Him. There were no reservations about jumping around, making noise, and just being real in church. I think the adults could learn a few things from them.

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Then the alarm went off this morning. Ugh…Monday. Why does it have to start so early? Why can’t the weekend be longer? I’m exhausted! But it’s a new day. I was reminded of this again this morning as I got up and drug myself to the shower to try to wake up. God was tugging on my heart…trying to teach me something about the dreaded Monday morning. “Today is a day I have made,” He whispered to my heart. But it’s Monday. I have to get up and go to work. It’s early. I would rather stay in bed and sleep. I worked for You all weekend. Can’t you hear me whining in my best selfish-6-year-old voice?

But as He always does…God worked on my heart and reminded me of something. He reminded me that every day is an opportunity to experience His presence. It was a great weekend. Children’s lives were touched by His Word and through worship. But that event has passed. This is a new day with new opportunities to touch God’s heart again.

We live in a culture that waits for the weekend. Monday is a day to be dreaded and Friday is a day to be celebrated. Sunday is spent worrying about how we will make it through another jam-packed week of work to the weekend. We have our head down and our ‘nose to the grindstone’. The problem with that position is that we miss the scenery that God brings into our lives. We want to relax so much that we miss the moments that could take our breath away — no matter what day it is.

shine-through“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 119:24 — NLT)” You were expecting that verse at some point, weren’t you? It’s the verse that God reminded me of this morning as I tried to wake up — hitting snooze on the alarm dreading the start of Monday morning. As I drove to work though my perspective began to change. I thought of the things that God did in the lives of the kids over the weekend. I thought of all the things that God COULD do in my life and the lives of others through me today. Suddenly I wasn’t dreading the start of the week. Although it’s Monday morning…it could be a good day because God made it. And anything that God makes is good (see Genesis 1).

Newsong sings one of my favorite songs ever, Red Letter Day. It talks of making each day a Red Letter Day because in today’s Bibles the words that Jesus spoke are emphasized in red ink. Essentially they are saying that today is going to be a day where Jesus speaks. I want every day to be that way. I don’t want to wake up one more day dreading what’s coming. Instead I want to let Jesus speak…to me and through me. I will rejoice in today because God made today.





Not All Scars Are Bad

13 11 2013

About a month ago I shared my experience on riding a scooter down an asphalt hill at the park. You can read about that here (please try not to laugh too hard at my expense). Most of the scabs are gone and the healing has come along quite nicely. It has, however, left me with some permanent reminders of the painful crash that day. I didn’t realize it but the road rash left some scars on my arm.

Every time I look at a scar, and I have a few of them, I am instantly reminded of the events that caused it. Some of those events were painful to endure. Some of them were because of no fault of my own…others were the consequences of bad decisions I made. Each of them look a little different. Some are harder to see than others. Some are small, others cover a larger area.

Some scars are not visible at all. Those are typically the ones that hurt the most. We hide the scar of a lost child or a divorce. We conceal the foreclosure of our home and the financial issues that went along with it. We cover up the hurt of the bad decisions that we made behind a face that looks good. Although no one sees these scars the hurt and pain they brought can be devastating.

How we deal with the scars is very important in life. They can serve as reminders of something that we went through or paralyze us with fear of the future. They can be testimonies to ourselves and others of God’s goodness, faithfulness, mercy, and grace. Or they can be roadblocks to the things that life should be full of. It all comes down to how we look at them.

When in the midst of things it is hard to see anything but the pain. It is easy to remember the suffering and hardship. Believe me…I remember what sliding on the asphalt felt like. But that isn’t what I choose to focus on. I remember the points I scored with my son when I got up and continued the walk to the store. We look at the scars now and laugh at my inability to successfully stop the scooter that was going too fast in the first place. The scars are a lesson…a lesson that I want to take to the future.

God reminds us that He is always there. The Bible is full of examples and promises where this is true (see Deuteronomy 31:6, 8 and Joshua 1:5). If we’re not careful though we can let the scars stop us from relying on Him. The fear of hurt, pain, and repeating circumstances keep us from trusting what God says to us.

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  1. He says that nothing will harm us (I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19 — NIV).
  2. He says that we’ll get through it (When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2 — NIV).
  3. He says we can trust Him to take care of us (Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 — NIV).

The one set of scars that I choose to remember are not actually mine. Jesus carries scars in His hands, feet, and side. They serve as a reminder to all humanity of what He did for us. Those scars served a greater purpose and, if we let them, ours can too.








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