Okay, so it’s already February and this is my first post of the new year – how embarrassing! Well at least I can try to assure you that I’ve been putting a lot of preparation into my approach for this blog this year, and I pray that it truly encourages you to be a better “you” in 2017. I hope that because of the words I share you are encouraged to love relentlessly and pursue peace with those in the world around you. So here’s to 2017, a year in which we’ll grow in love and grace for one another and ourselves.
I’m going to start off by saying that it’s pretty obvious that we are living in a very broken world. Sometime in the past month that I spent refreshing and preparing myself for the projects I’m planning to undertake this year, I found myself scrolling through my Facebook news feed and my eyes fell upon a post about a young girl who’d had enough of the world she was living in and decided to take her own life. What I found most upsetting about the whole incident was the fact that she felt the need to livestream the entire thing for the world to see – that her broken heart had gotten the best of her and her legacy became the fact that her suicide was viewed by multitudes of people.
There have been many occasions in which I’ve come across similar stories, and it breaks my heart each and every time I read about another life lost. It has become such a common theme in our everyday lives that so often we may find ourselves in a place of expectancy towards these kinds of horrors. We scroll through our social media and look upon stories of young girls who have thrown away their lives because they lack knowledge of their true and unique worth. We turn on the news to see reports of young men who have decided to end their lives because of peer pressure and the stress of not being “good enough”. But it doesn’t need to happen this way. Yet there is so much hopelessness. So much pain. So much suffering. How could we even possibly fix a world that seems broken beyond resolve?
We cannot lose hope. We cannot just look at this broken world and acknowledge the fact that it is completely torn apart by hatred and insecurity and violence without believing that there is hope and there is a resolution! I believe strongly that we are the Heaven-sent answer to such an earthly, imperfect problem. Within us we contain the spirit of God, therefore we are able to love in the way that He does. We are given the capacity to bring hope to the hopeless, joy to the depressed, love to the empty and comfort to the restless. We are His vessels and we have been given this grand opportunity to spread peace, hope and love to every corner of this earth!
It's at times of desperation and despair that I like to read John 16:33 – one of my favourite verses. It talks about the state of our world and our lives, but also brings to light the fact that it does not have to be like that. We have the ability to know peace:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 (NIV)
God promises peace for us – in a world of pain and chaos, He makes for you a promise.
I promise you that there is a way out.
I promise you that the way out is not an early departure from this earth.
I promise there is more than just pain.
I promise you:
– that things get better
– that the pain is temporary
– that you are loved
– that you are royalty
– that you have eternal value
– that you are drenched in purpose
– that you are a beloved daughter or son
– that you deserve more than you think you do
– that you are ADORED by a GOD who literally is the definition of LOVE
If you feel broken beyond compare, remember that there is a FATHER in HEAVEN that adores you beyond belief. If you know someone who is broken beyond compare, REMIND them of that and remind them of their WORTH. We are the carriers of God’s light.
I promise you,
Everything will be okay.
Ps. If you need help, there is no shame in reaching out! Here is the number for Lifeline – an organisation dedicated to helping those without hope.
Lifeline: 13 11 44