That's the message that came in yesterday.
I've always been one that people can come to when they are in need of some emotional support. I'm thankful for that. If you would ask me what drives me, it would be to see people free from the snares that trap them and to live life in joy. I have a desire to believe in people, even if they've given up on themselves.
Do people always find a happy ending? Well, that depends on the person, and their choices. You have control over your life through your emotions, your thoughts and your actions. You are not a robot and no one can force you to change these, and no one else can do these things for you. So if you are ready to plant your roots and hang on, you can go anywhere despite your circumstances. Ultimately, most all of the things we face can be addressed to one thing. Free will and the ability to choose.
What are some things you can do when you are trapped in a snare? What does that mean? Basically anyone can become trapped, and it simply depends on what you are looking for and what the unbalanced answer is to that temptation. An example would be things like, the Godly desire to be loved, and the unbalanced reaction might be to seek sex. Another example would be the Godly desire to forgive, and the unbalanced reaction might be to seek drugs that help us not feel.
For the most part, I hear these things: I'm insecure, I'm living in fear, I'm living in guilt, I'm living in disappointments, I made mistakes, I'm under stress, I'm frustrated, My friends want me to, I'm not good enough". First off, all these things are painfully devastating to those feeling this way. These are real life's pains, hurts and temptations, and how we respond can direct our paths.
I can assure you that there isn't anything that you can throw at God that He cannot handle, and with Him, you cannot get through. You can overcome these things in your life, redirect thoughts and approach them in a Godly manner. The road to doing so might be lonely, painful, and seem hopeless, at first. That's because when you start out on the journey to recovery, what you see with your eyes is the world's ways. You will have to stretch, change and go through many trials and tests. Once you get a ways through your journey, however, you will start to see things differently, a light starts to approach. It's always been there, but you are now starting to see a glimpse of it. Life changes, your perspective changes, you start to uncover some visuals and thoughts that were masked by unbalanced emotions before. Soon you will look back and see that the big monster was really a choice...a choice to live free from the trap of snares.
The next step in life will be a little easier, and the next a little easier yet. One step at a time. One trap released at a time. Traps don't quit, life is full of them, but the answers become easier as you learn to avoid them, or overcome them. You will always overcome with Christ. If you try your own ways, they may work for a while, but they always seem to come back in habitual manners, or at the worst times in life and then you have to try to deal with them anyway.
Life is worth living, and it's worth starting new today!