Maybe you grew up filled with hope and dreams, imagining yourself as a beautiful princess or a handsome prince ruling a kingdom and fighting off dragons, or a super hero crushing villains and restoring justice. Or maybe not. Perhaps your dreams, like mine, were cut short by harsh words, family struggles, alcoholism or violence. In order to survive, you replaced dreams with protective walls around your heart and made silent vows of how different things would be when you grew up. Over the years, unfulfilled dreams and shattered relationships led you to resign yourself the belief that this was your lot. When encouraged to rise above your circumstances, your response was, “You just don’t know my circumstances.”
Occasionally, an inspirational movie or a dynamic speaker stirred you. Desperately wanting to believe the message of hope your mind would instead recollect your last failure. Like a tire with a leak, the temporary tire of inspiration would deflate making you ask “why bother?”
That was me. I was trapped in an outward personna of having it all “put together” but inwardly I was crying to be somebody or even know who that somebody was. I was hungry to find meaning, purpose, significance, and self worth. Until the day I met the One whose life rocked my world. Jesus. Surviving a plot to exterminate Him at birth, He still “increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and Man.” His identity, though revealed by a voice from heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,” was quickly challenged with the words “If you are the Son…” His life and identity were attacked throughout His entire time on earth.
Yet, in spite of life-threatening storms, oppression and rejection, He never wavered from completing what He had been sent to do or doubted who He was. Even knowing the excruciating death that awaited Him, “Jesus steadfastly and determinedly set His face to go to Jerusalem.”
I discovered that although our lives are filled with challenges and opposition. Doubts confuse, fears paralyze, and distractions detour us we too can live a purpose filled passionate supernatural life. And I have never looked back!
I have found true success comes to those who have wrestled with and found the answer to the questions, “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” and have choosen to believe the highest view of mankind that says we are created in God’s image, unique and with a purpose.
A wise man once said to me,
“God wants you to believe what He believes.
Believe He is who He says He is.
Believe you are who He says you are.”
When we know who God is and what He says about us, then we can know who we really are. and that is the discovery of all discoveries!