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As women, it seems we're standing ready with our red pens. Rather than loving words, we want to cross through parts of who we are and rewrite until we're someone else.
But God seems to like who He made us in the first place. He just wants us to be that woman for Him.
Stephen Covey once said, "When you pick up a stick, you get both ends." In our stories, a "stick" might look like…
Sensitivity in itself is a neutral personality trait. On our own it can lead us toward worry (negative). With Jesus it can lead us toward compassion (positive).
The goal isn't eliminating parts of who we are but rather letting God gently move us closer to the positive in our stories.
For example, the Apostle Paul was belligerent, overzealous, and an oppressive leader. After Jesus appeared to him, Paul was determined, enthusiastic, and an encouraging leader. Same characteristics…different ends of the stick. (Acts 9)
It's as if God said, "Okay, Paul, I purposely created you in certain ways. You're going to use those for me now, and that changes everything."
As a counseling intern, I saw women become frustrated, depressed, and stuck as they tried to "edit out" parts of who God made them. I've often done the same. Let's not waste our energy or emotions. There's too much good ahead!
God wants our red pens so He can redeem all of who we are and bring joy in The End.
TODAY'S QUESTION: What's one little thing that helps you give God the red pen and make peace with who you are?
Are you a blogger? Every Friday we'll have a "Rest of Your Story" round-up! Just answer any of the questions for the week as a post on your blog, include a link to this series, then add your blog to the list on Friday. We'll get to visit you and you'll get another entry in the giveaway!