That’s Just the Way I Am

That’s the sorriest excuse for things I’ve ever heard! Great introduction, huh? It’s another way of saying, “I don’t see anything wrong with me” or “I’m too lazy to do anything to improve myself.”

This generation needs a bold word. They don’t mind giving one, but receiving one is a different story. We have bought into the lie that we are all victims, and we can’t change who we are.

Let’s walk through the life cycle for a minute. Most of us went from crying to making sounds like “ga-ga goo-goo” then forming words. We wanted to grow from milk to solid food. We wanted to explore, so we began to crawl and later walk. We became children and wanted to do things that adults do. 

The bottom line is we do what we want to do. A few years ago, my life pretty much restarted from the ground up. I went from full-time pastor making a comfortable salary to unemployed and slowly rebuilding. There are tons of responsibilities and dreams I want to fulfill. The desire is there, but I’m still having to make baby steps to get back to that place. I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to be financially where I once was, but I’ll teach piano or do something that make some extra income.

You might be reading this today and excusing some attitude in your life – bitterness, hatred, etc. Maybe you’re trying to bounce back from a divorce and you can’t see any light. I pray that the Lord will show you that you will rise again. 

Shortly after my separation, I was meeting with a career counselor who had been in ministry for years. I told him that I felt like everyone in my life was thriving and alive while I died. He looked at me and said, “What will it take to resurrect you?” I asked that to myself frequently. 

I thank God I’m not where I used to be. The devil still comes around, trying to convince me of things. I have to choose to be a better person and refuse to believe his lies. You have a choice too. You can say, “That’s just who I am” or you can arise with determination in your heart to be a better person in this next half of the game. I pray that you choose the second.

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  1. Amen! There’s a meme I like, if life hands you a cactus, don’t just sit there on it. I’ve been resurrected a few times now, picked up and dusted off, so there is hope. Finances, now there’s something I haven’t quite figured out, but other than that, some of those valleys in life can turn out to be the best things that ever happened to you.

  2. Amen, brother! To me this is a close cousin to “I just tell it like it is” – spoken by people who rarely like it to be TOLD to them how it is. God loves us as we are, and wants us to be better.

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