Often what hurts us the most is what grows us most. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. From every wound there is a scar. A scar can be on your soul, skin, on the outside or within you. Every scar tells a story. A story that says, you survived.
Wounds don’t heal the way you want them to; they heal the way they need to. It takes time for the process of healing to take place. Give yourself that time. Give yourself that grace. Be gentle with your wounds. Be gentle with your heart. It takes time for wounds to fade into scars.
The most massive characters are seared with scars. To remind you of all those times life tried to break you but failed. Scars should remind you of where you’ve been. But they don’t have to dictate where you’re going. Never hide or be ashamed of the scars that life has left you with.
Wear them as proof that God heals. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound has closed, you endured the pain, and you are healed.
Even Jesus had scars on his hands. That didn’t stop him from changing the world. Every scar I have makes me who I am. They are markings of where the structure of my character was welded.
Be proud of all the scars in your life. Each one holds a lifetime’s worth of lessons.