“I’m sure about this; the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.”
Your story isn’t over yet and neither is mine. One of my tattoos is an arrow with ‘Warrior’ in it. The ‘I’ is dotted with a semicolon. A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentences, but they didn’t. The semicolon has now been used as a symbol in the mental illness community or anyone that supports it. It is a reminder that we are the author and the sentence is our life but the best part is, we have an even bigger Author of our story.
Something that I’ve been processing through lately is that although I know I’m not defined by my past, I’m also not allowing it to be a part of my story. I don’t allow each chapter to be used in order to make my super incredible ending which it will be, you just watch. I’m a work in progress so patience is much needed. And I’m stubborn so that doesn’t help. Ha. Enough about my issues, well actually, I guess they are allowed to play a part in my devo today because that’s exactly what I’m trying to say. There are pieces to every story that maybe you’d like to skip through. Maybe there’s something in your life that you are like, if people read that chapter, they’d burn the book. OR maybe those things that are amazing about you or that people have seen and gravitated towards, you’ve put an excuse on them. Handing them off as if they were someone else’s. You say something like, I’m like that because it’s what we were taught growing up. Or I’m super talented because I had a slave driver teacher. Ummmm….don’t do that! You are super amazing at things because it’s you! It’s a part of you and you are writing chapters in your life that will be good and bad but it won’t have an ending if each piece isn’t in it. It won’t have a kick butt finish if we don’t learn to center all things back to deepest parts of our soul, back to God’s amazing creation inside of us. In order for our book to be complete, we need to be whole and everyone’s ‘whole’ will look different. (I made a funny right there but I’ll just keep going!) I tried to put an ending to my book but God was like, nope, not done yet and forever I will be grateful. Not because it’s been super easy, but because I took my sentence and began writing a period where a semicolon should have been. Semicolons, in my eyes, are freedom. They allow me to keep writing, keep fixing, keep accepting, keep loving me and allow me to continuously seek the love of Christ.
As your story enfolds, look at yourself and realize each part has a purpose and it’s beautiful but more importantly each piece makes you whole. Your heart is still beating and loving because each section fits exactly where it’s supposed too. You are not defined by your story, you are made worthy and valuable because of your story! Keep on writing.
“God is still writing your story.”