When You Have Nothing Else to Bring, Bring Glory.

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I don’t know how else to explain it but God.

Sometimes words just enter my head. Sometimes, I experience a feeling or even a particular message that gives me this unshakeable need to demonstrate in a novel or short story. I don’t mean that in an “I hear voices” kind of way. I’m also not confusing these occurrences with my own thoughts, though I do hear it in my own head voice. The other day, I was bathing my daughter and all of a sudden I heard song lyrics from a song that has yet to be written:

“You were made to bring glory to a glorious God; to be all that you are, and not what you’re not.”

I just smiled, because what an incredible message is that to comprehend and share with others? “You were made to be all that you are, not what you’re not.”

We are constantly obsessing over our deficiencies: Too much make-up; not enough make-up. Too much flab; too much bone. Not pretty enough. Not financially fortunate enough. Too much of a perfectionist; too lazy. Not a good enough parent; an overbearing parent. Too much to handle; not enough to fight for.

I could go on. You get the idea—fill in the rest with the damaging thoughts that cross your mind on a daily basis. But I finally comprehended what a beautiful revelation it is to just BE. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, but BOTH of those things were woven into you for one purpose—to bring glory to God. We don’t have to be ashamed of what we aren’t, because God IS. He is enough to fill the holes of imperfections in who we are.

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We don’t embrace our flaws and sinful natures, accepting that that’s just the way things are; we embrace Jesus, and He embraces us back, blemishes and all. He causes the lame to leap. He causes the mom who feels like a failure to see the joy that comes simply from being loved in her child’s face. He causes the girl who feels ugly to see someone of value and worth in the mirror. He causes the woman who feels like she isn’t enough to realize that someone gave His life just to have her.

He tells us that we are MORE—that our weaknesses and frailties have been bestowed upon us not to dishonor us or bring us to shame, but to honor HIM. To BE for Him, in spite of all of those things.

No matter what you have to bring to the table, just bring it. Bring it to Jesus.

And in return, you WILL bring glory to God.

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.” – Isaiah 55:1-13

“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5

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