It has been quite some time since I have done a blog post. Truthfully it has been in the back of mind like, “Wow. I need to do that.” but this Summer has left me in an odd season of my life where the desire wasn’t there to drive the action. However, just as the seasons change outside, the seasons of our lives also change and bring with them new desires, new passions and thus new actions to move us forward. No one is perfect, my blog posting isn’t perfect, hell- my grammar isn’t perfect…which leads nicely into the “meat” of this post:
Finding myself in a challenging state this morning, I gave myself a break and chose to listen to the replay of the sermon from church this week. This post isn’t meant to Bible thump, or to preach – but to allow each of you to stop and consider what has happened in your own life, regardless if you are a Christian or not.
The pastor said, “God uses deeply flawed people to ignite hope in others”.
“Deeply flawed people”. Hmm. If that were to be used in any other sense, a “deeply flawed person” is probably not something you would want to be categorized as; however, used in the sense of creating positive change – it doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
I am a tremendously deeply flawed person. I have done things in my life that I am in no way, shape, or form proud of. I have made mistakes at a younger age that I wish I could go back and do differently. I have been in a place where I lacked faith and belief in myself – and I firmly believe that when those two ingredients go missing is when you find yourself in your deepest and darkest places. That being said, if you are going through something – just know that I know what it feels like to wonder if you are going to make it out intact. If you will wake up one day and feel “normal” again. If you can stop. I get it.
But it is through making those mistakes and digging ourselves out of those places (regardless of the length of time or number of tries it takes) that we grow. Personal growth should never be the kind of gift that you keep to yourself. Your story is unique, yes, but your experience probably isn’t. There is someone out there going through the very same thing that needs someone like you to guide them. Someone to ignite hope in their own souls to try again. To dig themselves out. To take their mess – just as you have taken yours – and turn it into their message. To create that ripple effect.
While scrolling Facebook this morning I saw a post that was a cardboard sign and it said “Instead of saying, “Someone should do something about this.” start asking “What can I do about this?”. Sure – we can’t just hop into our pantries, put on a cape, bust back out and go save the world from all of it’s problems, but we can allow ourselves to be vulnerable and to share more of our real story and not just our highlights. We can inspire others by openly talking about our own “failures” and how we learned from them. By being courageous and open about our struggles and our lessons learned, we can inspire others to do the same. Again – that ripple effect. Each one of us alone may not be able to take on the world, but get a group of us and anything is possible.