“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.
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