i see fine lines and crows feet beginning to form.
i see that your eyes have began to "droop" & are not as "almond-y" as they once were.
i see pores that shouldn't be so large.
i see your moles. you have a lot of facial moles. unwanted moles.
i see scars on your face.
i see worry written all over your forehead
i see the weight you've gained.
i see the double chin that never used to be there.
i see imperfection.
i look even deeper, into those eyes that try to smile but often give away the tired soul within.
i know how much you worry.
i know how tired you often feel.
i know the burdens you put on yourself & how you often rely on your own strength to carry them.
i know you still have a temper (though you've grown so much in that area).
i know you've been given a gift of to encourage but its so easy for you to hurt others with your words.
i know you are often impatient with yourself & others, especially to those who love you the most.
i know you try to see the best in people, but there are days that you choose to see them at their worst...and you linger there.
i know the frustration you keep inside.
i know how much you feel so alone at times.
i know you're very insecure about writing and speaking.
i know that you shout at your son sometimes out of irritation.
i know that you feel unaccomplished at times.
i know how much you cry.
i know that you try to read the word & pray everyday, but some days you get lazy to dig deeper with God.
i know your struggles. your lies. your lusts. your insecurities. your fears. your anxiousness.
i know YOU.
i am YOUR own worst critic.
but there is someone who knows you more than i. (ps. 139)
He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! (matthew 10:30 msg)
His name is Jesus. and He came to make all things new. everyday HE makes you new.
He made sure to die for you so that your identity would not be set on your flaws.
but instead your identity is on this CROSS.
you are NOTHING.
but in Him... you LIVE life to the fullest and you have EVERYTHING.
even with your flaws. even in your weakest moments.
Rejoice. because He loves you so.
Rejoice. because when God sees you... He doesn't see the flaws that i see.
instead He sees a worshiper. a world-changer. a leader. a prayer warrior. a prophetic voice for the next generation.
Because He will never DEFINE you because of your imperfections.
He sees His Son in you. and therefore chooses to use you.
so heed His call & obey.
Choose daily to die to yourself and live in Him.
because in Him you live and move breathe (acts 17:28)
because in Him...you are perfected in and through each season He brings you through.
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him (1John 2:5 kJV).
in Him is abundant life.
and His power is made perfect in your weakness.
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (2Cor. 12:9 NLT)