Don’t Hide Your Scars
by Jason Romano
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
A few years back I was playing basketball in our church league and I was going up for a block shot. I missed the block but something happened and suddenly there was blood everywhere. I had suffered a cut in between my middle and ring fingers that would lead to 12 stitches. It was not my finest moment.
Looking back at my hand today, almost 6 years later, the scar is still there. It’s a reminder of that day, the pain, the emergency room, all of it.
But this is just a hand injury. Many of you who are reading this have tons of scars. Some caused by physical injuries, and others, caused by years of verbal or mental abuse that are stuck deep down in the depths of your soul.
I had those kind of scars too. For many years, I never talked publicly about my broken relationship with my Dad. And then 4 years ago happened. And I found myself talking to 100+ people at my church about forgiveness and my story. And suddenly, I began to see something happen. People came up to me and told me that the story I was going through was the same thing they were going through as well. And by me telling my story, it helped them in their own journey to know that they weren’t alone.
And by me sharing my story, I started to heal and enter a place where I became more comfortable with my scars.
So this week, I want to encourage you to share your story. Your scars aren’t something you have to hide. They can actually serve as a place for healing, both in yourself and in others. And they also reveal to others that God is in the healing business. They serve as a reminder that something indeed did happen, but that healing has taken place. They serve as a reminder to others that our scars don’t have to define us, but instead, they refine us into something better.
And ultimately, they can point us to the one who is the healer of all.
Have a great week.
Jason Romano is a speaker, author, media consultant and church leader with over 20 years of professional broadcasting experience on the regional and network level. Jason is now the host and producer of the Sports Spectrum podcast where he interviews athletes, coaches, and other personalities on the intersection of sports and faith.
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