Where would I possibly be without a Savior? I know exactly where I would be…curled up somewhere, weak, broken, and hating everything about myself. “What is there to like,” the world asks us. Our incessant need to be better, do more, look better is what keeps this world turning. But not my world. Not anymore. God’s miracle came into this life of mine and changed me fully from the inside out.
Christ Jesus is the miracle. Who He is and who He has taught me that I truly am defies all human possibilities. He came not only to die for me on the cross, but to make me new. I will never forget the first time I opened up a Bible and really read it, heard it, wanted it…Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yolk upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” A great sigh of relief came over me as I realized, I don’t have to do this alone. I don’t have to be alone, stuck in my thoughts and my struggles. I don’t need to live burdened and tired…there is rest and freedom available to me. I wanted all of that. I needed what Christ had to offer. Every one of us does.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a complicated one. It is not one hard to understand or tough to swallow. It is one of sacrifice and hope. “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:9-11). God did not take away the pain and suffering that this life has to offer, but He did give us a way to live in authentic hope and peace. Peace in the turmoil of these days and hope in beauty of the days we get to live with Him eternally.
In all things at all times whether a teenager, a mother, a father, a sister or a brother we all have a need for a Savior. We can seek to be saved by other things and many times we do. But there is eternal and lasting change that comes when we trust in the Lord with our hearts and our lives. I am a living example of the miracle of true worth through Christ. There is no way this insecure and weak mind of mine could have transformed itself. I had already tried. But through the power of God’s promises and His love for me I can stand here with a self security that is immovable. For I am His and He is mine and I know, because of that truth, that I am beautiful.
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