You see someone with an “elfin” beauty and you immediately feel self-conscious or shamed, you think you’re overweight and just can’t fit in, you encounter someone more successful and you think you’re not living to your potential, you find people laughing cheerfully and wonder why home is so broken.
Dear Purple Reader, it’s nice to have you again. It’s the first blog post for the year 2017, and I wish to kick-start with a spike. I sincerely appreciate your consistency on here. I look forward to many years of working together.
From the foregoing, you can deduce the thrust of today’s piece, that one way or another we have feet of clay, although we didn’t just wake one morning to see them as flaws, someone or something must have made us enlightened.
Let’s take a quick look at [Genesis 3:9-11] to buttress this point.
And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
And He said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
And He said, WHO TOLD THEE THAT THOU WAST NAKED? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
To the direct interrogatory, Adam confesses who made him acquainted with his nakedness and the fact of his having eaten of the forbidden fruit. Apparently, we know we are flawed because someone told us we are.
Dear Purple Reader, if you ever look at the person next to you and believe with all your heart that they “have it all,” you’re wrong. You’re very wrong! They are flawed too, (perhaps the reason they spotted your flaw).
However, the truth of the matter is you will never be able to make a change in your life or fulfill God’s purpose for your life until you understand that you are wonderfully and uniquely flawed for God’s glory.
When we feel shamed about who we are, we are unable to perform successfully in the world around us and we can’t achieve our goals. Focusing on your strength and ability is therefore paramount.
That you’re black, poor, feeble, plump is no mistake. Without a crack on a wall, light won’t get in. So rejoice, for there is joy in your brokenness!
Abraham & Sarah were old.
Moses had a speech problem.
Jeremiah was young.
Jacob was a cheat.
David was a murderer.
Jonah ran from God.
Paul was a persecutor.
Yet God used them all for His glory.
Dear Purple Reader, from your mystery comes your ministry. You are who you are and that is OK. I know this because the scripture says:
… And God saw that it was good. [Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25]
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. [Psalms 139:14]
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose [Romans 8:28]
In this year and beyond, I want you to stop calling your flaws “flaws”, see them as beautiful and celebrate them.
Thanks for spending time with me.
Be of help to someone, drop a comment on how this truth shapes you.
Until next time, have a good day.