Beautiful Scars
by Luke Joshua Davis

 

When I was in high school I had to take a wood working class. We all made a musical instrument. I made a dulcimer. It was a fun class. I still don't know how to play a dulcimer, but it's nice to look at. Most of the work was done by hand. A piece of wood and a knife was all I had to work with. We learned how to use the knife carefully, cutting towards the body instead of away. As you can imagine, accidents were inevitable.

One day I was whittling away, probably talking with friends or flirting with girls, and the knife slipped. It went through the block of wood and into my left pointer finger. The blade flayed the skin off between my second and third knuckle. The wound looked really ugly, but didn't hurt much. I stopped the bleeding and reattached the skin with a Band-Aid. It healed fine. Of course, the whole incident left a reminder that I will have for the rest of my life; a beautiful scar.

Most people view scars as ugly. I don't like to think of them that way. Every scar has a story, a lesson learned. Scars are God's way of telling us to learn from our mistakes. They are a reminder to ourselves and others that we are not perfect. They are also a reminder that even when we do make mistakes they can be forgiven. Scars are not wounds, they are healed wounds.

Generally, the worst scars are not worn on our body. The deepest, most painful scars are on our heart. Brought about by hurt, betrayal, and sin these scars have a way of reopening into wounds. They may not be visible by the eye, but they manifest themselves in our actions. Emotional scars hinder us from loving, trusting, and committing to others. They sap us of the joys of life.

Some things never hurt less, they just hurt less often.

God did not mean for us to be bound by the scars on our heart. In fact, to allow the past to control your future is sin. It is proving that Satan has won and God is powerless to fully heal.

We all have these scars. It could be a broken relationship or the guilt of sin. It could be the loss of a loved one or the pain of failure. Emotional scars are as varied as the people who carry them. Since we all bear these individual pains we must all deal with it our own way. I like to look at them as good things.

How can a scar be good? It all depends on your view point.

I have had several failed relationships that have brought me to the brink of disaster. You've felt it. Rejection by someone you love is one of the worst hurts. I have just begun a new relationship with a lovely girl. It is in its infant stages at best, and I'm scared to death that I will be hurt again. But you know what? The memory of the pain in the past makes my happiness now all the sweeter. I think without pain we cannot truly appreciate the good things.

Lets look at it another way. It is easy to love and trust someone who has never done wrong. They deserve it. When I do make a mistake, or hurt someone, I feel that I don't deserve to be trusted or deserve to be loved. The truth it I don't deserve it. When someone does reach out to me it feels so much deeper! I don't deserve to be loved, but I am anyway! My knowledge of wrongdoing, my guilt, has made my relationships stronger. I know that they truly care for me, because I don't deserve it.

God gave us scars. He intends for us to use them to further his glory. We need to stop viewing are scars as ugly and start viewing them as an asset. A beautiful person is made of beautiful scars.

You can contact Luke Joshua Davis at luke@sermondepository.com

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