Without Them, You Wouldn't Know His Heart...

This past Friday as I was driving home from work listening to my Spotify playlist, I heard the song "Thankful for the Scars" by I Am They. Now, this is a song that I have heard a few times, but this time it hit me differently. As I was sitting there listening to the lyrics, I couldn't help but reflect on my life.

The words of the song read as this: ""Waking up to a new sunrise, looking back from the other side, I can see now with open eyes, darkest water, and deepest pain, I wouldn't trade it for anything, 'cause my brokenness brought me to You and these wounds are a story you'll use."

How awesome and true are those words? So often when we are in the middle of the trial, it is hard to see God working. But looking back after the storm, you can see God's hand all along. The song continues:

"So I'm thankful for the scars, 'cause without them, I wouldn't know your heart." Once I heard that line, I knew I had to share it.

Think back on one of the biggest obstacles you have overcome in your life. What was the lesson that God revealed to you through it? Have you thought about how God wants to use those hardships to help those around you?

Our scars are not meant to hinder us, they are meant to remind us of who God is, our comforter and provider who was with you every step of the way. As you go through the rest of your week, look for ways where you can use your scars to help those around you. You don't need to be a Bible scholar to share Jesus with others, often just relating to others and sharing how God has impacted your life can be exactly what others need to hear.

Rick Warren said it best: "Your greatest ministry will most likely come out of your greatest hurt."

-- Zach Vogel, Development Director

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