What is a scar? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as this : a mark remaining (as on the skin) after injured tissue has healed. Every person has a scar of some sort whether it be a surgical scar or a story of how they thought they could fly, we all have them. But what about the ones that are under the surface? What about the scars that nobody can see but us? What about the scars that came from experiences of heartache and grief? What about the scars that we wish weren’t there?
Whether it is a scar on the surface or underneath, be thankful. I know it sounds crazy and you are probably thinking, “Umm Ans, you are out of your mind,” but trust me on this one.
Scars are a result of healing. If we did not heal we wouldn’t have a scar. I’m going to say that again just in case you are like me and need to hear it again. If we did not heal we wouldn’t have a scar. If we remained broken and injured we would remain stationary and never have a scar nor would we have a story.
Our brokenness leads us to God. Whether we went immediately to Him or whether we spent days trying to heal ourselves, it eventually leads us to Him and He heals us. The scars are a story of Him. My scars allowed me to see who He was. My scars allowed me to see His power. My scars allowed me to know His love.
Acne scars, surgical scars, car wrecks, mental scars, whatever they may be own it and love them.
That is you.
That is your story.
That is your testimony.
That is His work.
It is not always easy to own your scars because people might stare, but walk with your head high and you will inspire them to own their scars. I was inspired by a girl because she owned her scars and it allowed me to not feel weird when people stared at my little ACL surgery scar.
Who would you be without the scars?
I can tell you right now that this blog would not exist without my scars. I can tell you right now that I probably would’ve never agreed to speak at two FCA events, one being a county wide event. I can tell you right now without my scars I would have NO earthly idea who I was.
Here’s a challenge….
- Write down all the truths your scars revealed to you. It does not matter how silly they may be. I have a scar on my pinky that proved that I should not try to slice an apple by myself with a dull knife at the age of 10. Write them down and then think about how different you would be without them compared to who you are now. Chances are the person you are now is 200x more stronger than the you without the scars.
- If you don’t already have the book “Own Your Everyday : Overcome the Pressure To Prove and Show Up For What You Were Made To Do” by Jordan Lee Dooley then you NEED to get it because it is full of truth.