Confession #2 Remember the SOURCE of wordson Oct 20 in Blog, Uncategorized by Josh Meadows
My 2nd confession is a tough one, here goes, I still struggle with what people have said about me, EVEN, after all these years. I can remember like it was yesterday, a guy I looked up too, making fun of me in front of all his teammates, man that moment put a dagger in my heart. What is funny, is that I ended up becoming a much more influential athlete and even getting a college scholarship, but somehow, those words still hurt.
In high school, I wasn’t an angel by no means, I loved getting attention from the girls, and was involved in sin often…I still remember words that my teammates used to say to me, calling me certain names, making certain jokes, and I still can feel the hurt on the inside after all this time. Words hurt, they wound, and they stick.
See I have to be careful identifying the names that I was called, and the people who were on the other end, not really appropriate stuff, but the point is this, we have to know the source of where words come from. After 10 years of words echoing, I’ve struggled to see my new identity on a constant basis. It’s hard to embrace your new identity, when hurtful words are echoing in your mind. You begin to question, “Am I different? Am I what they said I am?” However, I CHOOSE to believe that what the creator of the world says about me, is greater than anything ANYBODY can ever say to me. And now that I’m finding who I am in Christ, I don’t have to answer to names that I am not. My name is Josh, it’s not anything else, I’m a follower of Christ, I’m forgiven, redeemed, set free, and am being made new!
See, those people who unleashed hurtful words were just being funny, they are just human, they are not Jesus….I def forgive them, as I need people to forgive me for words I’ve spoken. We are all made and human and sinful, however what GOD speaks about us, should be our identity. Know the difference, don’t doubt your newness!