Friday, 28 September 2018

Who they say you are

Mistakes are like the ghosts that you only see when it’s dark out, or when you’re really tired, or when you didn’t go to bed the night before. They creep up on you when you least expect and hang around until they’ve drained you of anything worth taking. I’m writing to tell you that you’re more than them. Your mistakes are not who you are. You are the love you give to others. You’re the patience you give when you don’t think you have any left. You are the hope, the encouragement and the light you radiate. You are magnificent, not in your works, but in your heart. You’d better believe it.

Think of the worst thing you’ve done. Is this difficult to remember, or is it on your mind a lot?  Maybe you stole from a shop, or maybe you cheated on a test. Maybe you were a bully, or maybe you told a lie. Now think of the things you do every day without even thinking about it. Perhaps you make the girls coffee at work or say hello to the lonely old man in Sainsbury’s. You don’t give these acts of kindness anywhere near as much thought as your mistakes, do you? That’s because society has told us that we are products of our downfalls.

You should not ever be defined by your past, and yet in society, we so often are.  Ephesians 2:10 says that we are all God’s ‘masterpiece’, and I don’t know about you, but that makes everything anybody’s ever said about me to seem insignificant. We are beautiful, not in who we are, but in whose we are. If that’s not game-changing, I don’t know what is.

Stay who you are, keep every mistake and every flaw and embrace how your brokenness can be used as Glory.

Lots of love,
Marti xxx

1 comment:

  1. I love this! I always end up overthinking about who I am and mistakes I have made in the past or what people think of me, without seeing the whole picture and all the things that ARE good. I love ur perspectives!
    Rosie x