A few days ago, I was sitting on the couch with Dallas and I looked down at his hand and noticed that his thumbnail looked different.

“What happened to your thumb?”

It only took a matter of seconds for he and the rest of our family to remind me that Dallas’s thumbnail was deformed as a result of him slicing it open with a knife I had bought him a few years ago.

Immediately, I drew the comparison with my own fingernail that has been deformed since fifth grade, when I broke my finger playing basketball.

As you can see in the picture our nails match…maybe we should try a father son manicure….just kidding.

Likely, you can relate with a scar of your own. What is significant about scars is that for the rest of our lives, scars bring back a memory. Immediately.

A scar on our body is permanent, but what about an emotional scar?

What do you do when a relationship has caused a scar?

And what if that relationship scar happened with someone from church?

If you have attended church for a while, there is a good chance you have some relational scars. And if you do, then you probably know how difficult it is to invest in meaningful relationships.

What if you get hurt again? Is it even worth the effort?

I hope you are asking these questions and more as you consider what it means to develop relationships within our New Life church community. This Sunday, I continue our Vision 20/20 series with a sermon from Galatians 6:1-10 entitled, “Commitment to the Core.”

I look forward to exploring the what, why and how for church community. I hope you come, scars and all.