|‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’ (2 Corinthians 12:9)
How often do you show the world the real you?
We all wear masks. We all say ‘I’m fine’ even when we’re not. We all filter our image so it looks as though we’ve got everything together.
Yet there’s so much power in simply being who we are. Our pain, our imperfections, our inglorious pasts – these are all part of us, and we are stunning regardless.
If we hide from these things, if we filter them or cover them up, they will eventually consume us. But if we have the audacity to be vulnerable, to trust, to be our authentic and shattered selves, we will discover that God’s infinite grace and healing is available to us.
We’re all making it up as we go along. We’re all fighting a battle of some kind. And it’s from these cracks in our wounded hearts that love can shine back out.
I confess that, at times, I hide from my weaknesses, and I thank you that they don’t bother you. Thank you for loving me exactly as I am – please help me to do the same.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Gideon Heugh, Tearfund