Here's a confession: I used to compare myself a lot to my favorite writers, now I am just inspired by them.
Emily Freeman (one of my favorites), writes, "Does not the creator determine the worth and identity of his craftmanship? Does not the God of the Universe have the final word on the belovedness of his own?"
God is the Creator who teaches us how to create and how to live lives that reflect His beauty.
It takes courage to step away from a life lived on survival mode and reaction versus a life of creating. For years I lived life on survival mode. For the moments when that way of life creeps in, I remind myself to practice truth-telling.
Inspiring writers help me see more and more the truth that all I am is grace.
Sometimes I'll see my brokenness more vividly but it shows me even more that anything I am today - made whole, united with Christ, free from entangelements that used to hold me bound, a new creation, - it's all the grace of God.
By trying to hande our own brokenness, we mishandle it.
We bury the pain. We might feel better for awhile, but temporary relief never lasts.
If grace is real then it has real implications for our lives. It means God is good and He loves us. It means there's freedom in receiving and accepting how Jesus actually changes everything. There is a common frailty in life but even moreso there is something, or rather some One who gives life to be found here.
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity." -Jeremiah 29: 13-14