We’re all messed up! Do you believe that? I do. We are all messed up on some level. I even know a therapist who has current issues with family, so no one is exempt!
There are different reasons for this. Some of us grew up in a household where the family was not what God intended. The mother or father was absent. There was turmoil, fighting, and disarray. No calm to be had. There was negativity and what I call conditionalism. We mess up our kids; our parents messed us up; this world messes us up!
But what can we do about it? As adults we are expected to live and function in this world and be a productive human being. How can we do that if we’re messed up? How can we live life to the fullest when we feel so empty inside? How can we lift others up when we are down in the bottom sludge with them?
Several things come to mind that will help our messed up selves. First and foremost, is having faith in God that no matter how bad things get, He is with us. Jesus said in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (ESV) He tells us we WILL have trouble. We will be messed up, and we will mess up. He didn’t say we might. He confirmed it! But He also said to take heart. He has overcome the world. We too can overcome! Somedays it doesn’t feel like we’re going to make it. As the saying goes, “Keep on keeping on!”
The second way to help ourselves is to seek professional help. This takes a lot of courage, and I am always proud and amazed at those who have the inner strength to seek counselors, psychiatrists, and other professionals to help them work through difficulties. They are there for a reason, and there are many Christian professionals to help us.
I know there are those of us struggling even now as I type this blog. I see their posts on social media. They are struggling with the death of a loved one. They are struggling with being single again. They are struggling with their children. You name it, and someone is struggling with it! But know this….you are not alone. Pray. Find someone to talk with whether friend or professional. Don’t give up!
CS Lewis said, “It’s not the load that ways us down, it’s the way we carry it.”