hope writers {story} 9.30

To learn something analytically is to learn about all the parts. Analysis is to take something and break it down and often when we’ve broken something down to the tiniest bits, it becomes completely unrecognizable.
To learn something synthetically is to view it from its whole. I take in every part of it from the outside and I can see what it is; I can enjoy it from the whole down to the parts. If I know what it is from its wholeness, even when broken down analytically I still can picture what it was originally.
The same is true of our selfs. We have a self that is our real self. The one that God has created each of us to be. And we continually fight against this self, because we think that this idealized self is so much better. If I try to live out of the pieces that I’ve tried to put together, that I’ve analyzed as the best self possible, I will never be the person that I’m meant to be.
But who is this real self? How can I even figure out who my real self is?This is where I find a picture of the wholeness.
In scripture, over and again, we see pictures of broken down people that have tried to live out of the pieces and God has graciously restored them to wholeness.
To their real self.
In Jesus, we see the completely synthesized Jesus. A picture of this wholeness that we can strive for.
When I analyze my sin habits, those things that keep me from this real self, I cannot analyze them without knowing what wholeness looks like. Otherwise I’m going down a list of all these things that stumble me along and I will get bogged down in the tension. It is only when my eyes stayed focused on what I’m meant to be that I can break down all the parts that keep me away from that and day by day move deeper into the cross instead of staying at the foot of it.
And one day I will fully be restored.
That’s a beautiful story.

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