You are enough

Stop acting like you aren’t enough. You are important, you are strong, and you have so much greatness that’s locked up inside of you.

Accept who you are. You are not perfect. But, be patient with yourself and allow yourself room to grow. Remember that you are a work in progress. Don’t punish yourself over the mistakes you’ve made. Be a friend to yourself, not an enemy. You have won many battles but the war will take time. Some days will always be harder than others. But a fact that you should always remember is this: Your current situation is not your destination. Be proud of how hard you’ve worked and how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. Don’t compare your journey to others. Don’t worry about living up to others expectations. You are in charge on your own life. Set yourself free from all the worrying because You Are Enough!

As society evolves, so does he.

But he does not reach an apogee and stop; he evolves because he responds to society’s changing ideas and conventions.

He is less of what he was and more of who he has evolved into.

Everyone around him is trying to reach a goal, a destination, and a dream.

Fredrick D. Thompson

Stars can’t shine without darkness: Changing your perspective on challenges

How can you measure the brightness of a star? A star’s brightness is measured by the amount of darkness that surrounds it. The greater the darkness, the brighter the star shines. Now imagine that you are that star but instead of being surrounded by total darkness, you are surrounded by challenges.

My philosophy is that challenges are unrecognizable opportunities that are commonly missed. Although challenges appear as unwanted difficulties that momentarily interrupt our lives, they serve a unique purpose that’s often misunderstood. You might think of challenges as obstacles that are preventing you from reaching your goals, but they are meant to move you out of your comfort zone and closer towards achieving your goals.  We all have things that we are believing for. We all have dreams that we want to accomplish. Most of us have businesses that we want to start. It’s easy to get discourage when we encounter obstacles and setbacks. But those hard times are meant to better you not break you. I know that eventually you will get through whatever obstacle you are facing but you will come out of the situation different. You can go through challenges and come out bitter or you can come out better. That choice is up to you. It’s easy to give up but that challenge is an opportunity for you to grow and get better. Think of it this way, if it was easy than anyone could do it. The challenges in your life serves a purpose but it’s up to you to realize that.

The greater the darkness the brighter the star shines. For what is the purpose of a star without darkness?  The same ability the star has to shine in darkness also hides within you. How can you realize your full potential without a challenge?

Broken Crayons Still Color

I never knew how strong I was until being strong was my only option. Someone once told me that I can reach more people from my brokenness than I ever can when I’m whole. Since then, my perspective on brokenness was never the same.

In the beginning I couldn’t appreciate the wisdom of the philosopher words because her words didn’t resonate with the reality of my current situation. Truth is I didn’t understand because I was so broken. My problems overwhelmed me and although I tried to overcome them – I still failed. I couldn’t push myself beyond my brokenness. I was being pressed on all sides of life. My back was against the wall. I had done all I could do. The real truth is that I came to the realization that I had found my breaking point. That was the moment everything fell apart. I felt myself start to panic as I collapsed to the floor.

I asked myself, “What was I to do with my broken pieces?” The answer soon became clear as day. It was a tough pill to swallow because Jesus told me that I had to explore my brokenness. Which meant I had to relive the pain and hurt all over again. So I started to write and write and write until there were no words left to write. This is what I’ve learned from my brokenness and I pray that it helps you.

Dear Broken Me:

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. You must be ready at any moment to sacrifice who you are for who you could become. Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness and still become something beautiful.

Maybe this life is more about unbecoming everything that isn’t really me, so that I can be who I was meant to be in the first place. Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may be falling into place.

Your pain has a purpose. Your purpose is found in your brokenness. When you begin to appreciate the agony of your struggles then you will begin to understand why there is purpose in your pain. What if we were meant to be broken just so that we can be pieced back together again as a new person?

~Jesus pain had a purpose.~ He was broken on the cross for you. His purpose was to save you.

I believe that we sometimes allow the world to shape us into someone we are not and so we become an image that’s of the world. But through Christ we become a new creation. I learned that being broken reveals what’s truly on the inside of you – which is your purpose. For these reasons, I encourage those of you who are broken and those of you who have felt like a piece of yourself went missing. Keep moving forward with your broken pieces. Because when you look for the beauty in your struggles then you will soon discover the unseen purpose in your brokenness.  

Broken but not destroyed, shattered yet I’m more of myself then I have ever been.” – Fredrick D. Thompson

Thank you for reading Own The Moment. I pray this blog reaches those who need an answer to their brokenness.

Writer: Fredrick D. Thompson

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