Monday, October 12, 2015

ACE #403: The Battle Scars

I went to the Homecoming Celebration at my alma mater this past weekend.  I saw many people that I hadn't seen in years.  But I realized that I didn't really leave with new friends from my college experience.  More than anything, I left there with battle scars.

While my undergraduate college experience was fun and there are certainly days that I long for during this time, if I am totally honest, the friends I knew before college are still my friends now.  I think I made more enemies than I did friends...and not on purpose.

It makes me think about Joseph and how he was sold into slavery (twice), falsely accused, and imprisoned.  He was in a foreign land with no friends in sight. He certainly had his fair share of battle scars.  What I loved about Joseph is that he still remained faithful to people who did not deserve his faithfulness.  He remained kind to people who did not deserve his kindness.  He fed people that he could have let starve.  And he forgave people who probably didn't deserve his forgiveness.  

Then I remind myself that the holes in Jesus' hands are the reminders, His spiritual battle scars, that made the difference for all that receive and believe in His name.  

So, today, if you have battle scars from your past, remember to use them to make you better not bitter. Scars might be ugly reminders of something unpleasant, something painful, but nevertheless they have to heal. Remain faithful. Remain kind. Remain forgiving.  Well, because God has always remained faithful, more than kind and forgiving to us...and He sacrificed His only Son as the proof.

John 20:27
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."