What's up, fam. It's time to hit you with another episode of TheDordtLife!
Let's cut to the chase.
Who are you? What makes you, you? Who are you trying to be? Who should you be?
Do you ever have points in your life where you think you're doing well (mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically), but then you talk with a good friend or mentor and discover that you're really not? I definitely have and I'm sure that many of you have, too. These are often points in life where you think, "who am I?" and the answer is often, "I do not feel like the Me that I'm supposed to be, or who God wants me to be." It's those times when you just feel off, when you don't do the things you used to do.
But, as an independent college student, you convince yourself that it's not a big problem, that you have everything together. So, you shrug it off and ignore it. Sooner than later, grudges you hold against others become greater, close friendships diminish, joy fades.
That's when you and I both need a reality check. Two modes of action can be taken.
1) Bring it to a friend, a close friend who helps create an atmosphere of openness and confidentiality. But for a moment, imagine you are driving downtown in rush-hour traffic of a large city. You know that there are blind spots in your car, but the people around you can see what is going on. You create your own blind spots. There are both good and bad things about ourselves that others see that which we cannot see. It's in these moments where others have the ability to show us something about ourselves we have not come to realize.
But before you bring it to a friend.....
2) Bring it to Jesus. Give yourself up and lay down all of your anxieties, worries, and fears. Okay, look. The book of Psalms is literally amazing. All of the psalms speak from a place of every emotion, from fear to joy, from despair to gladness, from anger to hope and everything in between. All of Jesus' words of which he has given us, has given us to proclaim truths about himself to others, but to ourselves as well. He speaks truths, we listen. He gives us peace, we receive it.
My friends, think about who you are, who you might be trying to be, and who you should be. Talk to a friend, talk to Jesus, for we only become who we're supposed to be with the help of God and the people of God. Remember that you are dearly loved by the one Father, more than any person could love you.
Peace & blessings,