If I have one thing to say to you, it’s that you don’t have to listen to the lies spinning madly inside your head. You don’t have to watch the hurtful visions replaying over and over on the canvas of your mind. Your soul does not have to be plagued with frustration.
I want to tell you that you can be free of these thoughts, completely, forever. There is HOPE for peaceful rest. When you accept God into your life and promise to keep Him by your side, you have freedom from these vices. Just as Jesus quieted the storm raging around him and the disciples, He will quiet the storm raging inside your mind. You can have the peace you so desperately long for.
If I have one thing to say to you, it’s that the world isn’t necessarily how you see it. When people look at you, they see a sweet, young, beautiful friend who’s trying to make it in the world. People aren’t out to get you, and they don’t see the twisted version of yourself you see in the mirror. You are strong and resilient, and I hate to see you affected so badly by the pain of your past.
I want to tell you that you don’t have to live with resentment. Those hurtful people you grew up with are not the other people in the world around you now, and their striking words do not define you unless you let them. Truth says you are a brand new person, and that brand new person will not be torn down by the things of this world. The moment Jesus Christ died on the cross, we became clean in God’s eyes, and once you truly grab hold of that, what they think and what they thought and said will no longer hold you in chains.
If I have one last thing to say to you, it’s to assure you that all your broken parts can and will be made brand new. That’s the beauty of the gospel – not that we can be whoever we want and do whatever we want, but that the Holy Spirit comes and undoes the pain of the past, kneading our hearts back to the way they were created to be: perfect and without blemish.
I want to tell you that God knows each corner of your bruised and torn-to-shreds heart. He knows where each piece of it went, and He went to great lengths to get them back. He longs to come into your life and sew every inch of you back together. I promise you He does this with the gentlest of care and loving kindness. You are safe inside His sovereign hands forever. Just take the step to trust Him with your heart. He is not like the flawed human beings we live with; He will not disappoint you.
Grasp hold of the HOPE you have at your fingertips and never let it go. You can be saved from this fear that threatens to eat you; I know this because I have lived through this journey. If God can save me from all the pain and lies of my past, He can save you, too. Just hold Him close and never let go; He will bring you through this journey to the end, a person made whole and brand new.
Much love and grace in Christ,