It is possible. To build castles in the sand.
To build a lot over time as a prescription drug for a hidden sickness in the heart.
Probably watching the castle rise would numb the pain.
The success on this side to cover the shame on the other side.
To feel good when feeling bad.
As you know, all sand castles come down. It’s only a matter of time before the waves of time crash into it.
Here’s the issue we may be running from. Something inside all our wounds of our past drives a belief system that we are not lovable. We are wrong, shameful, not enough as we are. When something inside believes we are not enough, then there’s something that drives us to prove a point. For some ministry becomes that castle of approval and acceptance.
We can’t find our identity in our success or failures but in Christ. Jesus loves us for who we are and not what we build. [tweet this] God loves you as much equally even if you were not serving Him in the ministry right now. [tweet this]
If you’re reading this and feel DISCONNECTED, UNLOVED and EMPTY. It’s time you pause, pull down the castles in the head and build whats lasting by starting at its foundation.
You do that by digging into the earth that you claim is yours. You may get dirty but make sure that you get deep.
Ask the question. What are you building on? What are you covering up with shiny castles? What pain needs to be healed not hidden? What shame are you running from?
For the truth to set you free, the light must expose your sin. Psalm 43:3 “Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!”
Start by recognizing your pain. Name your shame. Write it down. You need to start by connecting to where you are right now in life before you can weed out what’s not part of your DNA in Jesus.
The next time you feel tugged to the same path of pain and shame, begin to confess this: “The way to cope with my pain, and the wounds of my past is not by falling back to sin but through Christ Jesus that sets me free.” Say it out loud for your heart and spirit to hear.
Remember from the earlier paragraph, for truth to set you free, the light must enter the soul. You let the light enter your soul by confessing and embracing the fact of your wounds, pain and the needs you feel. Then let it be free by replacing your reality by the TRUTH that sets you FREE!
You cannot love your neighbour if you do not start by loving yourself. You cannot love your spouse, until you learn to love yourself. And you cannot love yourself unless you know Christ loves you unconditionally. Confess this: “Now, that I have accepted myself in the mess, God, I receive and accept your love!”
I declare you are loved, and accepted and will build that which will last for eternity, in the name of Jesus!