"Nouwen challenged Christians to minister with great sympathy for the human condition. This comes by facing one's woundedness and surrendering it to Christ's healing touch. That weakness then becomes the strength of Jesus, and the experience of pain the common ground that binds people to the lost and broken. This is what the Lord did when, broken at Calvary, he offered people healing and freedom through his wounds. Now, as wounded healers, people are to openly admit woundedness while at the same time extend hope and healing to others."
Terry Wardle - Strong Winds and Crashing Waves
Reading this, I'm reminded of where I've come from, as well as the issues I still have.
God has brought me unbelievable healing and growth in the last few years- but I'm not finished.
May I remember that.
I look for meekness in leadership; strength under control. Never having to show or establish; knowing who you are, who you are in Christ, and the security of an identity that is unshakable.
I'm not complete. I have not arrived. I'm not a finished product.
To help other people, I/you don't have to pretend as though you are a finished product.
Wounded. Healing. Trusting. Growing stronger. Receiving peace.
May I and we remember that our identity and value is not in our self-ascribed titles, perceptions, and illusions- but in the love of Jesus.