Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Reach for the Scars....

Do you remember as a child how many times someone encouraged you to REACH FOR THE STARS? You could be anything you wanted to be! Dream big! I remember when my mother-in-law came to Iowa from Arkansas for a visit, she was smitten with our baby girl Libby. My m-i-l wasn't one to dish out compliments, but she would often tell Libby that she was going to be the next President of the United States. ;-) Her words encouraged our daughter to dream and be all that God intended her to be.

I don't know why but today I reflected back over my life. In my mind I took a long stroll down the road I owned as a child.... I thought of those stars I reached for in my youth.... most were filled with selfish ambitions and greed. Ways to promote myself and my dreams........ but then Jesus passed by and I felt the Call to His service. He gave me different dreams...... Suddenly I wasn't reaching for worldly stars, but I was reaching for the scars...... His nail-scarred hands....... I remembered the timeless hymns I heard my grandmother singing in the middle of the night...

Lord, lay some soul upon my heart and love that soul through me....

Make me a blessing..... Out of my life may Jesus shine......

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.....

Jesus, use me.... and oh Lord, don't refuse me.....

Somehow as I reached for His nail-scarred hands, I found they were reaching for me. He was battered and scarred so my heart could be mended and whole.

I believe God has an Army of precious souls that are reaching for the SCARS.... Hidden saints that make a difference in this world and only when we get to the OTHER SIDE will we know what their sacrifice meant.

I've reached a place in my life where I have more years behind me than ahead of me and I pray that with the years I have left, I will reach for the SCARS and make a difference in my corner of the world.

I'll close with another song my grandmother used to sing.

If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,
If I can show somebody, how they're travelling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

My living shall not be in vain,
Then my living shall not be in vain
If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

If I can do my duty, as a good man ought,
If I can bring back beauty, to a world up wrought,
If I can spread love's message, as the Master taught,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

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