Refer to STEP 5: I recognized that the only way back to a productive life is exactly the way I came. I had to repair my relationship with God.
If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
Before you went through the life-altering experience of being crushed by a self-righteous religious leader, you were probably happy, carefree, positive, and joyous—at least, most of the time. Your experience changed all of that, didn’t it? Since then, have you become bitter, angry, cautious, and estranged from many people who were once close to you?
If you have, you’re not alone; that seems to be most people’s experience. From God’s perspective, however, that is good—not bad. This may surprise you, but it’s true. God needed you to grow up and be a useful adult, which you never were in your blissful state of naïveté. Now that you have been baptized by fire—so to speak, you have the potential to be fruitful, which is definitely part of God’s will for your life.
If you take a minute to reflect about your situation, isn’t that what you want as well? Don’t you want to reach your full maturity and be a person capable of handling difficult situations? Or, would you rather be spared from all of life’s heartaches, while never truly growing up?
In one sense, the choice is up to you. You can remain in your denial, immaturity, and bitterness; or take up your cross, which is never easy, and move forward to fulfill God’s purpose for your life.
Which will it be:
- Will you be strong and learn to stand confidently against all adversity?
- Will you abandon your right to self-pity?
- Will you stop blaming others for what has befallen you?
- Will you make a conscious choice to walk against the wind, knowing that is precisely what is needed to develop proven character in your life?
If you choose the “road less traveled,” it may become harder and not easier; but you will become the person you know you were created to be.
Consider if all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials; knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:3-4)