Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Beauty in the chaos

Life is beautiful. Your kids are beautiful. Your marriage is beautiful. Yet for some reason you don’t feel beautiful. You see beauty around you, but feel chaos within you. You see happiness in those you are surrounded by, but feel loneliness and sadness on the inside. You see love, you give love, you know you are loved, yet you can’t feel it.

What is wrong with me? Why am I not normal? Why, why, why? You say.

But Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28 ESV).

Too many times are walk around feeling so repressed that we totally miss out on the beauty around us and in us. When Jesus was carrying his cross and suffering, he saw the beauty in the chaos because he knew that, that chaos would someday give you beauty, or his splendor.

Why is this important? Because. You are important, and God has a reason that you’re still breathing.

There is a real enemy against you. His number one goal in your life is to rob you of any and all joy.  It isn’t always life’s greatest heartaches that leave you feeling empty. Sometimes it is ourselves and the moments when we listen to those voices that say, “You’re not enough.” Maybe it is life’s biggest struggles and heartaches, but whatever it is for you, there is more – you are worth more.

God wants to crown you with beauty, instead of Ashes. Ashes represent something that is dead or burned and in Christ, we are made new and alive. He wants to give you joy instead of mourning and praise in your heart instead of despair. All of this so you can be a display of HIS splendor, and feel his beauty instead of your chaos.

(Isaiah 61:3)

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