2.04.2010

A Must Read: Hate Me

I was updating my twitter today (yea, I know… I succumbed. But, I figure if I’ve got a blog and facebook … I might as well get twitter too!) anyway – I saw Victoria’s new tweet that linked to Exemplify’s Devotional channel and mentioned that every woman should read that post. I went and read … and wow. She’s right! Kelli wrote the most amazing post titled Hate Me. I strongly encourage you to go check it out. At the end of her post she leaves us this encouragement…


“As Christians we need to first believe this message ourselves. To take it in to the marrow of our bones. And then we must go out into the broken, messed up world and tell others the Good News. To offer hope to the hopeless. Love to the unlovable. And light to the darkness.”

I don’t know about you, but I feel a mix of both conviction and motivation. Read her whole post. This was me … not specifically to my mother – but with my Heavenly Father. I came to Christ as a very messed up, scarred, and unstable 20 year old. I had made so many mistakes that I was sure it was just too late. I didn’t know how God could possibly love me, especially when I didn’t even like myself! But that’s the incredible part … He did love me! He didn’t let me get away either. Praise God that I am a completely new person!

Now comes the hard part. Witnessing. Being a light to the world and sharing what God did in my life … which means He can do it to yours, and hers, and his! But, that means sharing who I was before – and that’s hard. I don’t want to share that part with anyone. It’s necessary, though, because without that messy part others just can’t believe that God would love them too. They need to know they’re not the only ones who have sinned.

Pray for my weak heart. Pray that I would have the courage to openly share just how much Christ changed me. Go read Kelli’s post – and see what God tells you through it.

11 comments:

Wife to the Rockstar said...

Beautiful post. Beautiful blog. I came over from Joyeful Journey.

Kristin said...

Heading over there to read it....

Kristin said...

That was a great post! I get mortified sometimes, when I talk about where I came from to where I am today on my blog, but I do it because I truly believe it's the only way to give others hope that the Lord is mighty to save and He loves us no matter what. It is hard though, to share weaknesses with others, especially during a time when the world is all about perfection and accomplishments. I was going to write a post yesterday that I ended up not writing, because it was about something I struggle with. Maybe I'll just write that post afterall!

Alicia said...

It sounds like a good read! I'll head over there today!

3 Blessings said...

Such a great post...I just checked it out. Thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
Amy

Victoria said...

Sharing our nastiness...no matter how far removed it may be...is mega hard. Allowing God to heal old wounds and clean them out again and again is mega hard. Knowing God loves you...not so hard when you think about it! Thinking about it...mega hard. This post and Kelli's have me all over the place. In good, mega hard, ways! Praying with you!

Joyeful said...

I can't wait to go read this! In our weakness He is made strong! I am always moved by the apostle Paul and how he determined to boast in His weakness. Not in his goodness (which is as filthy rags) but in his need for grace, for the Savior.

Praying for you and pray for me, too!

He & Me + 3 said...

I will go over and read it. Thanks for alerting us to great reads.
Hugs,
Mimi

Tracy said...

Thanks for the redirect, Lauren. What a great idea to build up our sisters.

It is powerful. You are right. I need to believe it in my bones.

Pia said...

Pray for my weak heart. Pray that I would have the courage to openly share just how much Christ changed me. --- sometimes, even if you don't say anything, your life speaks for itself. this is how i share Jesus to some people. i know they are watching me. and i pray to God that my life will bring glory to Him. and they see the difference, by God's grace.

stay blessed.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Your right... great post by Kelli.

Enjoyed your interview at Joanne's today. She is a good friend to me.

peace~elaine