We’re all broken. We all have flaws. We all know those places in our lives we’d rather forget.
The recurring sin we can’t seem to break.
The heartbreak we endured at the hand of a friend.
The nagging insecurity, fear, or doubt.
The deep, dark secret we’re convinced no one could handle knowing about.
The broken relationship, broken dream, broken hope.
We’re all flawed, broken, and riddled with scars.
It’s part of the human experience.
It can be easy to look at our brokenness and feel disqualified to do, well, anything. We think if people know how we were broken, if they knew our flaws, if they knew the areas we continue to stumble in, they wouldn’t trust us. Or like us. Or allow us to speak into their lives.
So we hide our faults.
Bury our shame.
And convince ourselves we’ve messed up too much to be of any value to the kingdom of God.
“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.”
God has a habit of redeeming our mistakes – of taking those areas in our lives where we’ve messed up, stumbled, ran away from Him to follow our own path, and turning them into something beautiful.
He takes our weakness and turns it into our greatest strength.
The very thing we’re ashamed of, the sin we beat ourselves up over, the mistakes we’ve made, brokenness we try to conceal, and heartbreak we endure have the potential to become something beautiful in the hands of our redeemer.
To break someone else out of the same struggle.
To help those struggling with the same insecurities.
To boldly proclaim that sin, death, and shame cannot hold down the one who trusts in the Lord.
Every mistake. Every flaw. Every scar.
God redeems them all into something more beautiful than we could ever imagine.
Where has God taken your weakness and made it into a strength?