you were made for more

You were made for more

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:6-8)

We tend to get it all wrong here on this fallen earth. Succeeding does not mean pushing others down and achieving more than others — it means falling down before our Savior and letting Him work in us and through us. Having more, being better than all the rest was never the purpose for our lives — being more like Christ is.

Being brave does not mean being the strongest. Being brave means admitting your weakness, your hurts and and your scars to the One who heals and carries you through.

Sometimes I forget to tell you, that you are brave just making it through the day on your knees. It is too easy get caught up in the busyness of life; to tell yourself that there is no time to stop now. That there is no place for that fragile corner on your heart or that pain aching dull in your soul to heal. It gets easier every day, to patch up those wounds of yours and hide them under all this doing, pretending like you cannot see them.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

Can I tell you something? There are many of us, stretched thin and trying miserably to hide it. There are many of us, stretching our hands to care for those around us and forgetting that we need to take care of ourselves as well. There are many of us, hiding behind a busy schedule the one thing we are scared of that people will find out — that we are trying but failing. That these scars of ours might just be open wounds when we hear certain words, when the certain people brush by us.

But all of us wounded and carrying scars, we were made for more. All us beaten down and discouraged, we were made for more. All of us weak and hopeless, we are holding on to the great hope and letting His grace come into our hearts, seeing that we just might shine in the midst of this darkness.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

So we are walking that journey of Lent, stripping ourselves from what holds us back from coming to Christ. We are walking that journey to the Cross, opening our eyes to see the wicked ways of our own sinful hearts. We are repenting and grieving our way down the road to the Calvary, lifting up our eyes to see the One who meets us with grace and love.

We are stretched thin, but His hands are stretched wide. We are falling down with our weaknesses and shortcomings, but He is bending down to assure us of His mercy and grace. We are not giving up but rather giving in, surrendering to His will and His purposes.

Linking up: Grace at Home, Everyday Jesus, Growing in Grace, Faith and Fellowship, Hearts for Home, Fellowship Friday, Grace & Truth, Faith Filled Friday, Monday’s Musings, Titus 2sDay, Titus 2 Tuesday, Tell His Story, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, A Little R&R, Coffee for Your Heart

  • Helene

    I like this post. Although I don't celebrate Lent, I think there is much to learn about suffering with Christ. http://www.maidservantsofchrist.com/detail.asp?DetailID=377&Return=search.asp?Search=lent

    • Ronja

      Helene, I don't exactly celebrate Lent either but I do think it is a great time of preparing our hearts, repenting and reflecting on Jesus' journey to the Cross. Thank you for stopping by, Helene!

  • Helene

    I like this post. Although I don't celebrate Lent, I think there is much to learn about suffering with Christ. http://www.maidservantsofchrist.com/detail.asp?DetailID=377&Return=search.asp?Search=lent

    • Ronja

      Helene, I don't exactly celebrate Lent either but I do think it is a great time of preparing our hearts, repenting and reflecting on Jesus' journey to the Cross. Thank you for stopping by, Helene!

  • kenzelsfire

    So true. I wasn't raised Catholic (father was a non-practicing Catholic) but blog post I wrote about happened on Ash Wednesday. I am learning that it takes FOCUS to LISTEN but it's valuable "When God Speaks" http://wp.me/p48S3C-lR And, Obedience isn't easy!

    • Ronja

      Kenzel, it is so important to be in that place where we truly listen to God and what He has to say specifically to us. Obedience certainly isn't easy but thankfully God is so gracious to us, helping us and forgiving us when we fail. Blessings!

  • kenzelsfire

    So true. I wasn't raised Catholic (father was a non-practicing Catholic) but blog post I wrote about happened on Ash Wednesday. I am learning that it takes FOCUS to LISTEN but it's valuable "When God Speaks" http://wp.me/p48S3C-lR And, Obedience isn't easy!

    • Ronja

      Kenzel, it is so important to be in that place where we truly listen to God and what He has to say specifically to us. Obedience certainly isn't easy but thankfully God is so gracious to us, helping us and forgiving us when we fail. Blessings!

  • sharonspad1

    Thank you for sharing, visiting from #fellowshipFriday, it made me think and that is a sign of a great post!

    • Ronja

      Sharon, thank you so much! I'm so glad there was something here that made you think -- all this certainly has been making me think about my heart and the way I live lately. Thank you for your visit, Sharon! God bless you!

  • sharonspad1

    Thank you for sharing, visiting from #fellowshipFriday, it made me think and that is a sign of a great post!

    • Ronja

      Sharon, thank you so much! I'm so glad there was something here that made you think -- all this certainly has been making me think about my heart and the way I live lately. Thank you for your visit, Sharon! God bless you!

  • Sharita

    Ronja, your words just have a simple poetic yet deeply touching way about them. I have given up hurry and worry for lent-- and God it doing some serious work in me... He is there to pick me up on the days where I fall short and get distracted. Praising Him for that!

    • Ronja

      Sharita, what a great thing that is to give up hurry and worry for lent! I have given up my need to do (though right now I'm in a season of doing a whole lot of things) and choosing instead to be in His presence. I definitely fall short on some days and totally miss the point on others, but He is so good to bless the time I spend with Him -- like He always does. Thank you for your visit, friend! God bless you!

  • Sharita

    Ronja, your words just have a simple poetic yet deeply touching way about them. I have given up hurry and worry for lent-- and God it doing some serious work in me... He is there to pick me up on the days where I fall short and get distracted. Praising Him for that!

    • Ronja

      Sharita, what a great thing that is to give up hurry and worry for lent! I have given up my need to do (though right now I'm in a season of doing a whole lot of things) and choosing instead to be in His presence. I definitely fall short on some days and totally miss the point on others, but He is so good to bless the time I spend with Him -- like He always does. Thank you for your visit, friend! God bless you!

  • Renee Smith

    Love this post! Thank you for uplifting me with your words & for visiting me at Doorkeeper last week. Blessings!

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Renee! I'm so glad you were able to find encouragement here. :) Blessings!

  • Renee Smith

    Love this post! Thank you for uplifting me with your words & for visiting me at Doorkeeper last week. Blessings!

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Renee! I'm so glad you were able to find encouragement here. :) Blessings!

  • Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com

    So good to know that no matter what we are facing--we never have to do it alone!

    • Ronja

      You are so right, Brittany. No matter what the day holds, no matter how we are feeling -- God is with us. He sees us and knows just where we are. That is such a comforting truth to hold on to! Thank you for your visit, Brittany!

  • Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com

    So good to know that no matter what we are facing--we never have to do it alone!

    • Ronja

      You are so right, Brittany. No matter what the day holds, no matter how we are feeling -- God is with us. He sees us and knows just where we are. That is such a comforting truth to hold on to! Thank you for your visit, Brittany!

  • Trisha Carter

    There are a lot of times when I say to myself 'there has to be something more than this' and there is and that 'more' is in Christ. We were made for greatness! Thanks for sharing!

    • Ronja

      I'm right there with you, Trisha, hoping and praying and thinking that there has to be something more than this. How wonderful it is that we are being transformed in to the image of Jesus! He is so good to us, loving us as we are but in His grace transforming our hearts for the better. Thank you for your visit, Trisha! Blessings!

  • Trisha Carter

    There are a lot of times when I say to myself 'there has to be something more than this' and there is and that 'more' is in Christ. We were made for greatness! Thanks for sharing!

    • Ronja

      I'm right there with you, Trisha, hoping and praying and thinking that there has to be something more than this. How wonderful it is that we are being transformed in to the image of Jesus! He is so good to us, loving us as we are but in His grace transforming our hearts for the better. Thank you for your visit, Trisha! Blessings!

  • inspiredbyjune

    There is Hope in these words, Ronja, and Truth. Thank you. Blessings.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for this sweet encouragement, June! Blessings!

  • inspiredbyjune

    There is Hope in these words, Ronja, and Truth. Thank you. Blessings.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for this sweet encouragement, June! Blessings!

  • Dolly@Soulstops

    Ronja, This: "That there is no place for that fragile corner on your heart or that pain aching dull in your soul to heal." Funny but I'm working on a post about this point and how God invites us to make a place with Him so we can heal...Thanks for a very encouraging post...glad I linked up behind you at Holley's blog :-)

    • Ronja

      Dolly, thank you so much for your sweet words! I so love it when it happens that God is working something on my heart, having something to write about and then guides me to read a blog with the same kind of a message -- like He is confirming that yes, this is the one to write about. Thank you for your visit and encouragement, Dolly! Blessings!

  • Dolly@Soulstops

    Ronja, This: "That there is no place for that fragile corner on your heart or that pain aching dull in your soul to heal." Funny but I'm working on a post about this point and how God invites us to make a place with Him so we can heal...Thanks for a very encouraging post...glad I linked up behind you at Holley's blog :-)

    • Ronja

      Dolly, thank you so much for your sweet words! I so love it when it happens that God is working something on my heart, having something to write about and then guides me to read a blog with the same kind of a message -- like He is confirming that yes, this is the one to write about. Thank you for your visit and encouragement, Dolly! Blessings!

  • Michele Morin

    I love the Beatitudes, but have never contemplated them as a Lenten meditation. Your photo suited this post beautifully, and I'm glad to have found your blog at Coffee For Your Heart.

    • Ronja

      I've been coming to the Beatitudes a lot lately, as an encouragement and as an exhortation it seems. There is just so much wisdom to them. Thank you for your visit, Michele! God bless!

  • Michele Morin

    I love the Beatitudes, but have never contemplated them as a Lenten meditation. Your photo suited this post beautifully, and I'm glad to have found your blog at Coffee For Your Heart.

    • Ronja

      I've been coming to the Beatitudes a lot lately, as an encouragement and as an exhortation it seems. There is just so much wisdom to them. Thank you for your visit, Michele! God bless!

  • kristine

    Thank you for the reminder to surrender to His will and His purpose, today and every day!

    • Ronja

      I'm so glad you were able to find something here today, Kristine. God is so good to remind us of these things time and time again. :) Blessings!

  • kristine

    Thank you for the reminder to surrender to His will and His purpose, today and every day!

    • Ronja

      I'm so glad you were able to find something here today, Kristine. God is so good to remind us of these things time and time again. :) Blessings!

  • Rebekah

    I so appreciate the encouragement you offer here. I definitely needed this today! Thank you for sharing with us at Grace & Truth!

    • Ronja

      Thank you! I'm so glad you were able to find encouragement here today, Rebekah! This is the kind of encouragement that I, too, need to keep hearing again and again. God bless you!

  • Rebekah

    I so appreciate the encouragement you offer here. I definitely needed this today! Thank you for sharing with us at Grace & Truth!

    • Ronja

      Thank you! I'm so glad you were able to find encouragement here today, Rebekah! This is the kind of encouragement that I, too, need to keep hearing again and again. God bless you!