Monday, January 3, 2011


I was watching an episode of Criminal Minds just a second ago, and one of the actors said a line that made me jump out of bed and write this devotion.  Rossi said, "emotional scars show where we have been, but they don't have to dictate where we are going".  We all carry scars, emotionally and physically, that are tough to deal with.  Everyone of us have scars from the past, and in that sense, we are all the same.  But the difference between us is what we do with those scars.  Do we continue to let them haunt and hurt us, or do we force them away and go on with our lives?

Jesus suffered many scars while he spent some 30-plus years here on earth.  But he certainly moved on and didn't allow them to derail His path.  And with  His help, we can do the same thing.  Here's an idea:  Gather up all your scars and give them to the Lord.  He promises He will help to share your load.  We may never lose those scars completely; Even Jesus still carried the scars in his hands and his side, even after his dead body was resurrected.  If He can do it, we certainly can to, with His help.  

Psalm 30:2 says, "O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me."

Father, please help our scars to heal.  Remind us that it is not where we have been that matters as much as where we are going.  In Jesus name, Amen.


  1. You Improvise adapt and overcome .. that's what I was taught as a Marine. And It works.... we will always remember the scars , they will always be there but we move on. And the scars are there as reminders to help us make better decisions about our life. Love this devotional.... this is Allen Skipper back in Rare form! Welcome back Allen and never stop again.

  2. Great point, Donna, and excellent devotion, Allen! I have indeed missed your words ...