Updated: Apr 2
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noun re·birth \(ˌ)rē-ˈbərth, ˈrē-ˌ\
: the process of being reincarnated or born again.
: the action of reappearing or starting to flourish or increase after a
The day I needed for this ride.
Because He promised me LIFE.
Life that came with a price that I am now more prepared for.
It opened the door
for me to be free.
However, it was not only for me…
It was for everybody.
I remember this moment. I remember this moment like it was yesterday. I lied down on the floor. My face was submerged in a puddle of tears. I periodically
glanced at what I nearly used to take my own life.
It was a defining moment.
A moment of weakness, heartache, and hardship.
Yes, this moment.
A moment that literally tried to take my breath away.
Yet, it positioned me for a brighter day.
A moment. That’s right, this moment was one of my gateways.
…a gateway to brighter days.
And honestly, my actions chose this way.
…for it’s the price we pay.
Have you considered?
…considered that the prices we pay through various life-induced challenges are merely opportunities to be revived or to gain an increase of blessings (beyond material or physical blessings).
Did you know?
Did you know He promised me [and you] LIFE—a life that comes with a price, which we should make a conscious effort to understand and embrace?
Can you see?
Can you see that life’s challenges may be a part of our “rebirthing” process?
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12: 9-11 New International Version (NIV)
In loose comparison to the child birthing process, we can be reminded that our greatest blessings are realized or “birthed” after a precursor of heartfelt discomfort and/or physical pain. Equally, the weakest moments in our lives—like those moments that draw us close to giving up—are our greatest moments. Moments of weakness, heartache, or hardship are gateways to receive rewarding periods of revitalization, renewal, and offerings of God’s strength. This is simply because God's power is made perfect in weakness.
His power manifested during weak moments give us access to new perspectives, new hope, renewed purpose, and greater faith, greater strength and momentum. It may be hard to withstand and embrace the process it takes to endure these moments, but this is when trust must take its respective place in our lives. We have to remind ourselves that when we are weak, then we are strong.
Easier said or written than done or realized. Yes, I know. Trust me, for it was only by the grace of God and the response of one of His children that I picked myself up off of the floor of attempted suicide and began to flourish. I flourished from that moment forward for I knew only God could have set me free. I was finally convinced that God knew what I needed to flourish in His purpose for my life. Years later, I found confidence in knowing that, at my lowest moment, thus far, I gained my greatest strength to persist through life’s challenges. It made me comfortable with sharing my story so it can inspire someone to give life a second, third, and fourth chance over and over again.
My path to attempted suicide had me skating on the brinks of giving up after moments upon moments of regressive, deafening, weak, and heartbroken emotion. However, I have realized that the more we allow negative feelings to grab a hold of our lives, the more likely we are to negatively succumb to the pressures of life that are outside of our control.
We cannot control the price we pay to live; however, we can control how it affects us and how we respond to it. Therefore, do not give in to the challenges of life. Live in it. Embrace it. Grow from it.
Declare that you are strong even when you do not feel like it. Declare that you are blessed even when you do not see the fullness of the blessings you already have. Declare that you are happy when you are sad. Declare that you are alive when you feel death knocking at your door. Declare that you are headed to your destiny even when you feel depleted, misused, abused, hurt and ashamed. Do not give up. You can do it. If God is doing it for me, He will do it for you, too. Trust me. I lived through it, and continue to do so.
If you are thinking, “well, this does not necessarily apply to me,” then consider reaching out to the one who you thought would never think of committing suicide. Be inspired to encourage them. Declare blessings over their lives. Pray for them. Love on them even if they are hard to love. Be there for them. Go beyond what you think you can do for them. These types of effort only require a small sacrifice, and can keep another person from doing something you never believed could happen.
Again, do not give up on yourself or someone who needs you. I cannot say this enough.
On today, my birthday, I am reminded of my precursors to new or renewed life. I am reminded that every moment (especially, those moments of weakness) has led to purposeful refinement. I am reminded of who God made me to be today, and it is because I did not give up. I am also reminded that my story is not solely for me; it is for everybody and anybody who needs it. Therefore, I am looking forward to the challenges in life with each of you in mind, knowing greater strength is guaranteed in moments of weakness.
Hopefully, you took the time to reflect on the challenges you have endured in the past and realized they led to the birth of something great inside of you. Now, I challenge you!
I challenge you to reach out to someone and share you story. Grant your story the opportunity to be a blessing to someone else, and open up the opportunity for that someone to share their story with you.
Trust life’s challenging moments!
…and DO NOT GIVE UP!