CHAPTER III: INVITED
Updated: May 31, 2019
Rejection. What comes to mind when you hear this word? For me, the memories of my middle school self, flood my mind, as I recount the many times I felt left out, lonely, and dismissed by others around me. I remember this chapter vividly in my story, as I often found myself feeling uninvited. In longing for belonging, I purchased the “cool” clothing, the roll on glitter, and butterfly clips, of course. But these external adornments never brought me true acceptance from others. In contrast, I felt tired and weary of wanting what I believed would make me whole. What I came to realize was that unlike the world, God never asks of me but rather offers Himself to me, inviting me into a relationship with Him. He is not focused on my accomplishments or social status but rather the condition of my heart. The Lord’s acceptance is an open invitation. He desires to hold our hearts, refine souls, and make the broken parts of us whole. This truth changed my life. No longer did my acceptance need to dependent on my works, words, or wardrobe but on the transforming power of God at work in my heart! Chapter 3 is where I invited Jesus into my life & He has forever changed the direction of my story. He sees my heart & redeems soul!