relationships and hurts shape us into not trusting or forgiving, and just so much more!
But God's word says we are more than all of that and it give us hope.
For certainly all of my childhood and teenage years I struggled! Like I REALLY struggled! I could not for the life of me figure out what good I was to anyone. I had been abandoned, rejected, neglected, physically abused, raped, molested... I felt so incredibly worthless it wasn't funny.
And while I had come to Christ during my teenage years, those feelings didn't really go away. I still let all the negative voices speak into my life and my soul. It was so bitter a time in my life!
There were two particular scriptures that literally grabbed my heart a just few years ago (yes, I have been battling this a very long time!). The first was Jeremiah 29:11 which says "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." and the second was Ephesians 2:10 which says "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
For probably the first time in my life I did not feel like a mistake! God's thoughts for me are good and peaceful and I have hope and a future... AND that I am HIS workmanship (creation, masterpiece) created for a purpose! Those things were HUGE for me! And for the first time in my life, I actually saw hope and purpose! It fuelled my passion to find out more!
While I do not know what it is you are struggling with, I know you are... because we all do. So please cling to hope and have faith, and as the Tenth Avenue North song says... You are more than the sum of your past mistakes and more than the choices that you've made! Jesus loves you!