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Mirrors are powerful because they can show you a lot about yourself. Yet, no mirror is more powerful than God. Recently God has been showing me flaws that I have, flaws that I am certain he wants me to work on. How do I know this? Because God is the biggest supporter of the No Child Left Behind Program. Unlike George Bush’s version that allows you to be advanced to the next stage of life ill prepared; God will have you repeat that lesson over and over until you get it. The hardest thing about these flaws is accepting them and looking at them as flaws. However, I know they are and I know that wherever God wants to take me, he needs to stretch me before I get there. In the Bible, there are many mentions of the process of making gold usable. Gold goes through the fire and is refined until all the useless parts are removed and what is left is useful.
This process is just like our journey in life. We have parts of us that needs to be stretched and removed before we can become useful to God, become the person he is calling us to be. While its hard to not look at this process like “ugh,” I know it is necessary and I need God to help refine me. The Book I am reading called “The Purpose Drive Life” By Rick Warren talked about the benefits of interacting with imperfect Christians and people and I agree with him; through interactions with people you learn so much about yourself. I will share some of what I have learned about myself: I am so not as patient as I thought I was, I can be very self-centered, its my way or the highway, I feed off the energy people bring to me, you can imagine how that can turn into a negative; I do not like disrespect at all, I do not like to be dismissed, cannot take criticism well, and I have a temper like no other.
There are plenty more, but I will stick with these. These flaws show me where I am most immature or weak at. Where I lack emotional maturity and self control of my flesh. I was down these last few days since I realized these parts of myself. However listening to the three sermons I will post below has opened my mind. God reveals our weak areas in order to help us grow. If we feel we are perfect angels or don’t address those parts of ourselves, we cannot be the Christians he has called us to be. The Bible is full of imperfect people with flaws: Saul, first King of Israel, had low self-esteem, Moses had anger problems, Peter had a cursing problem, Paul used to kill Christians, and so on. However, some of them did not just accept their flaws they knew they needed God’s help and direction.
So my advice? God will very much reveal your flaws to you, but you must be willing to change. Will change happen over night? NOPE! However, change will happen. Will it be easy? I am still in my feelings, so there’s your answer lol. Are you alone? No! God is available 24/7 and will hear you out. Even when you mess up, he is still there and will check up on you.
I want to encourage myself, as well as you guys, while I may not know where this will lead me and I am sure I am going to have more discouraging moments, I am ready for God to refine me. As I said before God uses plenty of people with flaws and they are willing to be used, but we all need to change in ways to become the movers and shakers God’s Kingdom needs.