I’m behind on our weekly Bible study….
We’re on the last chapter—sniff—of our study of Lisa Whittle’s book, Behind Those Eyes.
What an amazing journey this has been, friends. I have “met” so many beautiful women through the pages of this book. I have grown to love you all! I hope that one day we will have a huge bloggy meet and greet, and I can give you a big squeeze. Thank you for walking with me on this journey. I think Lisa is a special lady, one who has given her whole heart to God. She inspires me through her writing, both between the pages and on the screen.
Fittingly, our final chapter is called, The Truth Heals.
This entire book has been a challenge to live authentically. This chapter tells me why this is so important. Lisa reminds me that, “God created you exactly the way you are, with your unique personality and temperament, since He is incapable of making a mistake.” (page 169)
This is huge.
If I lived this truth, my life would look extraordinarily different.
Instead of trying to be what I think I “should” be, I would embrace the unique characteristics my Heavenly Father has given me.
Instead of being intimidated by my differences, I would use these gifts to bring out the best in others, or to compliment their gifts.
Instead, too many times, I compare my gifts to theirs—and end up feeling that mine do not measure up.
I am the foot that says, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body”; or the ear who says, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body”. (1 Cor. 12:12-30).
Does that sound strange?
The apostle Paul addressed differences in gifts in 1 Corinthians quite clearly. Apparently, these comparisons are nothing new to human nature. The Lord knows our nature intimately. He determine that we would have assurance of His esteem for all eternity.
Paul says, “But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” (1 Cor. 12:18-20)
I am part of a great Plan, orchestrated by The Great Maestro. Though my part be small, it is necessary—and is no less glorious than any other. For Paul goes on to say, “But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (vs. 24-26)
Oh, the beauty of such a plan! We are meant to celebrate each other’s differences, dear ones.
What a glorious thought.
Lisa has much more to say, but I will let her words speak for themselves. The above is the one truth that I am leaving this study with.
Behind these eyes is a beautiful woman. It still pains me to say it, but I leave this study with a new determination to honor Him by being the best me I can be. The scales have fallen from my eyes. I am beginning to see myself through His eyes.
I am sure that I will need my eyes examined many more times to retain this value in what lies hidden behind them. I plan to revisit our posts in those times of doubt.
You are just as He planned. And you are beautiful, Beloved.
Thank you for sharing this road of discovery with me.
Stay true to what lies behind those eyes.