Your past can either propel you or paralyze you.

Have you ever sat around with a bunch of friends talking about the scars on your body? Maybe it’s just a guy thing, but it’s always fun to hear the stories behind our scars. Some are hilarious stories of stupid mistakes ending in a trip to the emergency room and some stitches. I have a few stories like this. One involves a broomstick and a glass pitcher, and ends with a bunch of stitches. No fun. Some scars carry stories of devastating surgeries that ended an athletic career and are constant reminders of potential never met. Some might constantly remind you of the hurt someone else has caused and haunt you every time you see them.

Not all scars are visible. Some are invisible, locked into our brains forever. Everyone has a past and the scars that remind us of it. You might think you are the only one with these kinds of scars, but you are not. You aren’t the only one who has had the past you have. Sure, some of the details might be unique to you, but I guarantee someone else has experienced the feelings you are feeling today.

The scars you are given all have a purpose, and have the power to make a difference. Why not turn your past into something positive by using it to help someone else? God cares less about our comfort than we think and more about knowing him. I want to challenge you to tell someone your story today. I think you’ll be amazed at what happens.

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