Life comes with many hurts, aches, and wounds. And each can leave our heart with many scars. We can’t escape these scars of life. But it remains important to allow them to change us for the better and not grow bitter.

Our bodies have an amazing ability to heal after an injury. And a small cut, for example, might not even be noticeable once healed. But deeper cuts often leave their mark.

A scar is a healed wound. And its presence testifies to just how significant the wound really was.

For many, the scar becomes a good story and perhaps a lesson learned. They’re forever changed but also remain free to fully engage in the rest of their life.

But occasionally a scar become so pronounced it restricts a person’s movements. Even though there’s no longer an open wound, the scar tissue itself brings its own pain and suffering.

And our hearts respond in similar ways.

Perhaps it’s wounds from childhood or our first love. Or maybe our life has been mark with other tragedies, disappointments, and loss.

But, whatever it looks like, no one gets to completely avoid the pain and suffering of life. Our stories and particulars will differ, but we must all deal with the wounds that cut deep into our souls.

And the only question that remains is how we will handle our scars.

Will these be battle scars – testifying of our fight for more goodness and life, and the depth of our love for each other?

Or will our scars leave us hardhearted – bitter, fearful, and unable to live life to the full?

In the end, learn to accept the many scars of life and allow them to change you for the better. Let your scars speak to the healing and deepening of your soul as a result of what you’ve been through.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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