Ever feel like you just can’t do anything right? Like you are a mistake waiting to happen? Today’s devotional by Holley Gerth will encourage your heart and remind you God can use even your mistakes.
“An old story goes that quilt makers used to intentionally put flaws into their work to remind them that only God is perfect. In a craft where every stitch counts, those women were declaring, “I’m not even going to try to be perfect.” While we’re not going to be imperfect on purpose, it’s still inevitable.
Like the errors in the quilts, when we let our mistakes and shortcomings be visible, we remind those around us that we are only human. I’ve heard religious organizations encourage people to plaster on a smile even when they were broken. They were told not doing so could “hurt your witness.” In other words, they’d risk God’s reputation.
But the opposite is actually true. When we cover up our wounds, hide our failures, and refuse to ask for help, we give the impression that we belong to someone who must not really love us. We also lead others to feel they have to hide their weaknesses as well.
When we say, “I’m broken. I’m weak. I made a mistake,” then we are also saying, “I’m not God.” The places we feel most vulnerable are often where God can show His love through us the most.
You don’t have to be afraid of being honest about who you are or what you’re going through. God can handle it, and by opening up, you just might help someone else feel safe, too.
You will not make God look bad—you will show that He is good because He loves His children even in their most difficult moments. All of our stories have light as well as dark threads and both add to the beauty.”
(c) 2015 Holley Gerth Used the Permission http://holleygerth.com/your-mistakes-can-be-used/