It's no secret that One Thousand Gifts has become one of my all-time favorite books. There are so many nuggets of wisdom in its pages that I find myself continually returning to, especially this one written above.
Rename us. Return us. Heal us.
That's what Christ does for us. He is a redeemer, restorer, healer, lover, and friend. Through Him, the brokenness is washed away and our true selves are revealed. We become kind, compassionate, generous, and joyful, and it's not because of anything we do on our own.
By nature, I'm self-obsessed, jealous, and easily irritated. But through Christ, I continue to become more others-focused, encouraging (rather than envious), and patient. As Paul says in Galatians 2:20,
It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
We pray, ask, seek, and surrender ourselves to Jesus, and he takes care of the dirty work. All he needs is the key, and he'll clean out the entirety of our messy closet. He is the healer of our soul holes.
When have you experienced God's restoration and redemption? How has God healed your soul holes?