Who is the REAL You? How Can You Know?

Who are you? Who did God create you to be?

When we’ve spent a lifetime hiding our true selves from a world that we’re not quite sure will accept us, it’s easy to lose sight of who that authentic person really is.

One thing I can say for sure . . . the REAL you isn’t depressed, addicted, or alone . . .and never has been. If you dig deep into memories of days gone by,  you may be able to recall a time, before life did a number on you, when you didn’t feel ashamed or isolated. You might even remember feeling safe and accepted and excited about life. Just thinking about it may bring deep sadness at all you have lost.

For others of you, those memories have become so faded that you can’t even recall a time when you didn’t feel scared and anxious. Maybe you have serious doubts that such a time ever existed for you.

I hate to use a tired old 60’s term, but “finding yourself” is one of the keys to moving toward freedom. The REAL you . . . the you God created . . . the one that is full of ability, talent and worth . . . is still there. It’s weak and buried under the rubble that our lives have created. Recovery, as hard as it can be at times, is the only way to find it and nurse it back to health.

The person you are as an addict was built out of lies—lies about what would keep you safe;  lies about who you are; and even lies about your value in this world. Each lie that we let God replace with HIS truth, brings us one step closer to getting reacquainted with the person God has always known and intended us to be.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” —Psalm 139:13-14

Where are you in the process of discovering the real you? Please share your progress or roadblocks in the comment box below.


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