Asking God to help me see my life from His perspective is what truly helped me.
I went back forty years, to when I was lost in that limbo between childhood and adulthood, and serious issues consumed my thoughts. I was convinced that no one would EVER understand what was going on in my head. I was the odd man out, the outsider, and a teenage misfit. I just didn’t belong, and it was too risky to try.
I let fear win.
How I saw things now was that a curious young girl stood before me…full of intriguing thoughts and questions about life…and I silenced her. I introduced her to alcohol to help ease her angst, and we hit the fast-forward button.
We raced into the adult world- totally unprepared.
What I came to realize was that, although my outward appearance had changed, that child had lived on. She carried-on in protest, like a rebel without a cause- always reminding me that I was not like everyone else, and that I’d never measure up in this world.
I stamped the “reject” label on her myself, years ago, and she carried that stigma for decades. I was my own worst enemy!
My recovery had begun. I visualized her, and thought about what I would say…
You are loved, and you are worthy. You’re not different- you just see the world differently. That doesn’t make you less, it makes you unique. Be strong. Be courageous. Trust your Creator. He is with you wherever you go.
I embraced my inner child, and I told her these things. And then…
I whispered to her the words that have never failed to see me through the darkest of days…..
You are a child of God.
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! 1 John 3:1