I rushed out the door, drove 40 minutes in traffic, arrived at the party only to realize that I brought along an empty glasses case. Knowing that my sunglasses would not serve me well driving home long after the sun went down, I panicked. How would I get home, unable to clearly see?
Thankfully, my friend lent me some glasses that happened to be relatively close to my prescription and I was able to get home without incident. But the whole situation made me think about how our friends can help us see when we simply cannot. Or maybe when we refuse to do so?
How often do we dismiss our friends' comments when they tell us that we are beautiful or giving or loving or wonderful? How often do we meet their compliments with words like:
you're just saying that...
that'd be true if I lost 30 pounds...
you probably tell everyone that...
it was nothing...
Why do we assume that the good words that flow from the lips of our friends are less valuable than ours?
Why do we assume that we have the correct vision and their vision is the one that is skewed?
And I wonder, if we compare our words next to the words of our friends, whose words sound more like the words that have come from the very mouth of God?
God gives us community so that we can be encouraged by truth. So perhaps, we can do a better job of recognizing it when it is offered to us as encouragement and love?
"But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." Hebrews 3: 13Perhaps we can try on their vision of us, instead of letting what we see as our glaring flaws always shape our mind's eye view of ourselves?
Will you receive a compliment as encouragement? Will you let it sink deep down? Will you let it be a sword that fights against all those negative thoughts that send you spiraling into a sea of doubt and despair?
Will you believe me when I tell you that you are fearfully and wonderfully made? Will you take that piece of truth with you today?
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Linking today with Tracy and Emily.