We all have something in our lives that has broken us in one way or another. Something that is hidden deep in our closet that we don’t like to talk about or share openly.
It may be that you lost someone really close to you…
…Or your parents separated when you were younger…
…Or you had someone you looked up to and they made a comment towards you which hurt you really deeply…
…Or you didn’t have a great time growing up in school…
Whatever has happened to you, it has probably affected you in one way or another. You may not notice it straight away, but what happened to you in your past affects how you are today and how you perceive situations you are in.
Let’s just say that you are someone who experienced your parents splitting up when you were younger, and you never saw one of your parents again. This may then affect you in your own relationships with other people. You may not receive love very well from those that are showing it to you. This then in turn could bring about feelings of rejection.
Or, you maybe someone that was bullied in school. It may not have been physical bullying, but the constant name calling of how ugly you were…or that you would never amount to anything…the little comments behind your back in classroom of people threatening to “get” you after school. This may then affect you on how you perceive yourself. You hate to look at yourself in the mirror because you detest what you see. You are constantly trying to seek people’s approval.
You see how what happens in your past, which broke something inside you, affects how you react towards situations today?
If you are still reading this, then maybe I am resonating with you in what I am writing about. If so, I want you to listen closely to me as I share with you a truth that you need to hear. What happens in our past doesn’t have to define ourselves, or our future.
I believe, with a passion, that it doesn’t matter how broken we are inside with what has happened in our lives, we can still turn out to be beautiful people. For me to believe this though, and for me to get you to believe this too, I need to be able to step outside of my comfort zone.
Do you know what this might mean though? It means me sharing my deepest stories with you. Stories that may open up my wounds and seep a little (and it may sting a little in the process too), but I hope that it may help someone to realise that they too can heal from their broken past and become beautiful.
Some of you may be thinking that sharing openly about something that is so personal is a little daunting and that you are not brave enough. I don’t think it’s about being brave enough to do it, and actually, I will admit this…it is down right scary for me to do this.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7
One thing I am sure of is this…I have God by my side through every step of my journey. He will send me His Holy Spirit, not to make me afraid of what is going to happen, but to give me the strength that I need so I can step out of my comfort zone. In doing so, I hope the messes that I have been through in my life, become a message for you to give you a glimmer of hope.
Something to think about…
Can you identify an area in your life where you feel you have been broken? Consider asking God to show you how to use that brokenness to step out of our comfort zone to help others.
Lord, there is an area in my life where I have been broken. Send your Holy Spirit upon me and give me the strength and courage that I need to step out of my comfort zone and to use those fragments of life to show others that you can piece together a beautiful picture. Amen.
You are reading a Five Minute Friday word prompt. This is hosted by Kate Motaung and is where a group of people write about a given word for that week. The word prompt write is “comfort”. (Everything before the line break shows what I wrote in five minutes.) If you are interested in taking part or reading other people’s inspiring writes, then hop on over to the site.