ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY: Defining The Word "Damaged"
Damage is defined by Webster’s dictionary as “loss or harm”
So often we jump to the conclusion that a book called Damaged Goods would solely be about and for people who either had a tragic past or exist in the rejection bin of the social outcasts, addicts, weak, and those who “can’t get their lives together”. Although DG does speak to the tragedies of a past told to a mysterious stranger, the focus of the book is not tragedy or the past. It is about Jeremiah 29:11 and the plans and situations the Lord allows in our lives in order to help us dream and hope again, to abandon ourselves to Him and His ways and to be and have all that He has created for and through us, in the midst of our journeys.
The fact is, we are experienced loss or harm at some point in our lives. We have all experienced damage to various degrees simply because we are infallible humans capable of hurting others and being hurt. In psychology, damage simply means “a believed or real obstacle that stands between where we are and where we want to be (i.e, our dreams, visions, purpose, future, etc.).
From the person living on the streets or in prison to the supermodel, celebrity, or candidate in the White House, we experience being damaged. Depending on the programming of the past, we can even feel like damaged goods limited in what we can offer or how we can be used for others and God. Those obstacles of damage can be: our past, believed feelings, secrets, performance issues, unemployment, safety, hurts, habits, lack of direction, hangups, others, ourselves, family, fear, etc.
The ONLY problem with having damage in our lives is the false belief that we must hide it in order to maintain the illusion that our lives are perfect, obstacle-free, successful, religious, happy, and together. Our identity (ultimate source of love, worth and acceptance), as Christians, is not in our performance, past, hurts, successes, damage or control. Our identity is solely based on who we are in Christ alone.
Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely tm
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