Battles are being fought all around us. But have we sight enough to truly see? The people we pass on our daily run, the friends we tag on Instagram, those we love most in the world, and the people we’ll never know; we’re all broken, hurting people that long to be whole.
I thought this would be an easy article to write. I was wrong. Every time I thought I had the right words to say… I didn’t. Maybe I still don’t. I’m not saying these flawed words because I’m some great expert on these things. I say it because I get it. I do. I know what it’s like to feel pain. Heartache. Anxiety. Depression. And partly, I’m saying these things as a reminder. For me, for you, for anyone that needs to hear it.
This world hurts my heart. And if I’m being completely honest, it’s easy to start to lose faith in humanity.
Why can’t we do more? Why don’t we do more?
Suicide. Racism. Persecution. There’s something wrong with this place. This just isn’t the way it’s meant to be.
And that’s what we have to remember. That there’s a good coming that will far outweigh the bad we face today. Sometimes in this world we can lose sight of what’s true. We think things of ourselves and tell ourselves lies, tear ourselves down. The percentages of teen suicides have crushed my heart recently like never before. You are loved. You are cherished. You belong here. This world needs your smart, beautiful brain and your smiling face. And this is what you need to remember when you feel as though your pain outweighs your will and strength to carry on.
There is still good. The sun will shine again. And even though today is dark, tomorrow is new. A brand new start. Each day, we need to ground our hearts in what we know to be good and true. Each day, remind yourself of five things that are good, and five things that are true. Be sincere. Keep a journal. Sketch with coloured pencils. Remind yourself daily of the good there is. Ice cream, summer, books, music, your favourite colour, and a million people who care. You’re forgetting about some marvellous things. Don’t lose sight of what’s still bright.
Tether yourself to the truth. Rest in Him. Sometimes we just need to remember to ground ourselves in reality and not become lost in our own heads. You are amazing and one-of-a-kind. Remember to tether your heart to Him. He won’t let you go.