In the Charismatic Christian community, there are two reasons why people have serious problems: it’s either a character issue or it’s a demon. Those broad sweeping generalizations are clearly inaccurate much of the time. It’s just as foolish as generalizing how women feel or how men react. Life is full of nuance and unique circumstance.
As a teen, basketball was my jam. I played three years at our private high school, at community college spring training, and multiple times per week at the local rec center.
I slumped against the bathroom counter, glanced at my reflection, and muttered, “May we all become useful humans”.
“You’re too hard on yourself.” A good friend said this to me at a dinner last year in downtown Austin. For three years, he had seen my minuscule contributions to society in comparison to my peers, and he was deeply concerned that I was down on myself in a destructive way.
“God must have something better for you.”
How many times have you heard that statement?
As a person who was formerly useless to society, what do you need to learn? Which topics are MUST KNOW? If your self-esteem is at an all-time low, for instance, is there a checklist of items you can tick off one at a time in order to track progress?
In the 21st Century, most resources focus on professional self-development for entrepreneurs. But most people aren’t entrepreneurs, and even those who are may eventually hire employees. So it’s always a timely subject.
It’s intimidating to set a goal like writing a book when you know in your heart no one will read it. It’s difficult to put in the hours of practice required to become a decent podcaster when you have nothing important to say. You might as well stick to daydreams and fantasy.
When we moved from the suburbs to the hill country of Tennessee, my views on life, fulfillment, and purpose made a 180 degree shift.
Have you ever felt misunderstood by everyone around you? And have you ever felt trapped playing a role that wasn’t really you?
I know I have.