Guys, may I please recommend a book to you? It is a book by David Seamands, Healing for Damaged Emotions.
I am a thirty-three year old man. I am loved by my beautiful family. I have great friends. I have been in ministry for eleven years. I have two masters degrees. I have read the entire Bible multiple times. And yet I am broken. I struggle with damaged emotions. I wrestle with insecurities and baggage that come from bad decisions I have made AND from unfairnesses in my life as a consequence of other’s bad decisions.
As I read through this book, I journaled multiple pages, made several key phone calls, asked forgiveness, gave forgiveness, cried like a baby, danced like a drunk man, and discovered hope in regions of my soul that I had written off as hopeless.
I realize that I do NOT have to minister to others IN SPITE of my brokenness but that God may actually make my brokenness an asset in my ministry portfolio! In reading this book, I was enabled to discover fissures in my life that have been permitting unhealth to seep into my everyday life. I am addressing them, and am already finding freedom and experiencing grace!
I will share one phrase that is reshaping me:
I have rarely met a depressive perfectionist who didn’t have a terrific sense of injustice and unfairness. The only answer to this deep anger against the injustices of life is forgiveness. Who most often needs to be forgiven? Parents and family members.
If you are honest with yourself, you must admit to some degree of neurosis in your life! Wikipedia defines a neurotic as, “a person with any degree of depression or anxiety, depressed feelings, lack of emotions, low self-confidence, and/or emotional instability.” Sound familiar? If so, P-L-E-A-S-E read this book…