One of my favorite Scriptures hangs on a painted wooden sign in my room. It reads, "But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." 2 Corinthians 12:9
Scroll back up. Read that again. The Almighty Creator of the universe, the One Who knit you together in the womb, not only extends His grace when we mess up, He knows it's going to happen... He expects it. He knows we are going to make mistakes, that we will fail and screw up on a daily basis, but His grace covers all of that. His expectations are for us to love like He loves, to show grace and forgiveness like He does, and to try again when we fail to do those things. When we acknowledge our failures in life, when we own our weaknesses and faults, His grace and glory are made greater, they are made perfect.
I heard someone compare us to ships once, and to this day it is my favorite analogy about this scripture. We are like ships, and things happen in our lives, we are tossed by the waves and our ships begin to break. Cracks and holes appear, and we start to panic. Our ships are not perfect anymore and we fear that water will begin to seep in. But with Christ, something completely different happens. When we accept God's grace and love, that is what begins to seep through the cracks. Instead of water rushing in and sinking our ship, the rest of the world is able to see Jesus through us, because he shines through all of the cracks and breaks in our lives.
That's what I want this year. Instead of running around my ship, trying to seal all of the cracks and holes and hoping for the best, I want to embrace them. I want to give all the broken pieces to God and let Him shine through them. I want 2016 to be the year that when people look at the broken parts of my life that they see no shame or guilt, but instead the wonderful glory of God shining brightest in those parts of my life.
Tonia Bishop is a student at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN. When not actively participating in Christway's "Roaring Twenties" group, she enjoys reading, blogging, and coffee shop talks.