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Trading Two Things

Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.  Luke 22:42 NKJV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Flaws keep me humble.

I can think of several things about myself I’d like to change, but I’ll narrow them down to two: under-eye bags and fear of the unknown. For me, these traits have been both physically and emotionally disturbing through the years. Can you relate? Perhaps two things of your own have already come to mind.

My eye-bags remind me of my heritage. They mean family and lineage trump looks any day. Fears draw me closer to God, which is exactly where God wants me. These things are a part of what makes me, me, and God can use them for His glory.

I imagine Jesus didn’t like everything about His life either. He certainly wasn’t outwardly attractive. Paintings may depict a handsome man, but the Bible says otherwise. He must have had His share of heartache too, such as being despised and rejected by people almost everywhere He went. That couldn’t have been easy.

Jesus took His burdens to the Father, as He did on this one occasion when He prayed before His arrest and crucifixion. On what had to be the worst day of His life, Jesus prayed two things: “take this cup” and “not My will, but Yours be done.” A paraphrase might read, “God, please don’t make Me endure this, but, either way, I trust You.” And His suffering accomplished eternal salvation for all who confess and believe.

In order to possess true beauty—the incorruptible kind, which is precious in God’s sight—we must reflect Jesus. We do that by following His example and by trusting and obeying when circumstances are not as we plan. Doing so brings contentment.

You are God’s masterpiece—created for a specific purpose. What a great reminder when we look in the mirror. All of us have things we’d like to change about ourselves or our lives. But these imperfections might actually be a blessing and used to glorify the Father.

Ask God to make two of your imperfections shine for His glory.

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Cheryl Cunningham

Cheryl Cunningham lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children. She is a stay-at-home mom who volunteers at a local crisis pregnancy center. She grew up in a Christian home as a preacher’s kid. Her love of writing was discovered following her first miscarriage when, through the loss of her unborn baby, a poem was born. She is the author of Holy Crap!, which can be found at http://www.blurb.com/b/4063210-holy-crap. She writes for the sheer joy of it and hopes to encourage others through sharing what God has done in her life.