I remember being a little girl and thinking my mom was the most beautiful person ever. I loved the way she spoke, and the fact that she sounded different. I considered her exotic and beautiful because she sounded different from some of the other moms when she spoke English. I wanted to be just like her. I remember practicing in the mirror when I was little and trying to curve my mouth so my vowels would sound like hers, and then getting frustrated when they wouldn’t.
I don’t quite remember how old I was or where we were, but I remember somebody once made fun of my mom, and being so small I didn’t quite realize that it was because she had an accent. I couldn’t imagine why in the world somebody would make fun of the one thing that made my mom so unique and beautiful. I recall my little heart sinking seeing her cry, wanting to tell her not to cry because she was flawless in my eyes.
My mom’s accent is considered “different” to many, “flawed” even. Not to me. When I hear that woman speak it soothes me. It feels like home. It reminds me she is strong, confident, and brave. A Godly woman who despite her cultural background is in this country for a better life. A woman who has worked her butt off so that her family can be safe and secure. A woman who constantly prays for her husband and her children, who is kind, considerate, and bold. A woman who loves God with all her heart. A woman brave enough to tell people about Jesus, even through her broken English, even if she was terrified of getting made fun of. That’s how I see her.
And I think a lot of the times, that’s how God sees us.
We are flawed human beings who constantly feel the need to “clean up” before God. When we look in the mirror all we see are flaws and weaknesses.
All the parts of us that we’re ashamed of, the stories in our lives that we don’t want anyone to know, the things that we’re most afraid of, the area in our life where we’re least confident…what you consider your greatest weakness, God can use to bring glory to Himself.
When God sees us he doesn’t see our accent, or our past, or our failures.
When we surrender our lives to Christ and are saved through faith, by grace, God sees us as flawless, blameless, spotless, and beautiful in His eyes.
So whatever you’re scared of, whatever you’re ashamed of, rest sure of and be confident that God can use your weakness to touch others. He has positioned you in the perfect place, at the perfect time, for a reason. He does things on purpose, with a purpose, and He can use even what we think is the “worst” part about us:
…and yes, even our accents.
(I Love you Mom)
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”- 2 Corinthians 12:9 ❤