I have a strong personality. One that many times has a hard time being transparent about whats going on the inside. One that acts like everything is ok. One that doesn’t want to show weakness. While this can be great, it also has many downfalls. I am just a broken dude with a lot of struggles trying to make a difference in the world. Why? Because we all are. We all have our struggles. We all have been through things and no matter how much we try to act like we are strong we really do struggle. Strength isn’t having it all figured out, strength is being willing to admit your failures and work on them. I struggle with relationships, I struggle with trying to be accepted, I struggle with trying to fit in, I struggle with my past with women. Your struggles may be completely different but none the less I know you have them. I know they are there and what I want you to know is that you are not alone. What I want you to know is that you don’t have to be defined by those struggles, but rather you can be defined by the fact that you are loved, that there is a purpose and reason for your life, that you were created by an almighty God.
I am just one messed up dude, like every one else, trying to do something great with my life, to walk out the plan and purpose for my life. Thats it. I realized a few months ago through reading the Bible that I was created and designed the way I am for a specific reason and purpose. I realized that I didn’t have to be defined by my struggles, but rather I could define myself by the love God has for me and the fact that he created me for a purpose. I remember reading Ephesians 2:10 that says “For we are gods handiwork, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which he planned in advance for us to do” and understanding in that moment that yes I am battling depression everyday, yes I am battling temptation, yes I am battling my current and past failures in relationships, but I don’t have to be defined by that. I realized in that moment that I can define myself and my life by the fact that God created me by hand to do good works which he planned in advance for me to do despite all of my shortcomings.
I think if we all really looked at our life we would realize that we are more alike than different. We all struggle with things, yet we want our life to mean something. We all have a desire for our life to mean something. Your life is supposed to mean something. You are valuable. You were created for a specific reason and purpose. You didn’t evolve from some bug thousandds of years ago, you were created by hand by an almighty God to do something good despite all of your shortcomings. God bridged the gap between your shortcomings and your destiny through Jesus. You matter to the world. We are all messed up in our own way and the sooner we admit that the sooner we can begin the process of healing and finding our lifes purpose.
-The Professional Encourager and Uplifter