Accepted in the Beloved
How faith can sustain you in trying times
Life is not easy for anyone. People with money have money problems. People without money have money problems. People in a relationship have relationship problems. People not in a relationship have relationship problems. People with a job have job problems. People without a job have job problems.
I have been through many difficulties myself. Life has hit me with a few left hooks and uppercuts. I have lost in love, with money, career fumbles, and personal struggle. I have failed over and over again. I have wept over the death of loved ones. I have cried over my children as I watched them in their own struggles. Seven years ago, I came face to face with my own mortality. Life is full of ups and downs and difficulties. You are not alone.
The one thing that has been woven throughout all of my struggles is my faith in God.
complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
My struggles have been very real. But so has my faith.
As I have struggled to understand and use my own Unique, my belief in God has played a crucial role in developing the courage I needed to follow my own path. Rejection is a real part of living your Unique. And I hate to say it, but you will need to get used to it. It is not going away.
At some point you have to face the fact that being different comes with its own set of challenges and struggles. People will not stop rejecting you. There will always be a group of critics, haters, and jealous people.
In those times when life gets hard, you have to have two things to help you get through. One is a tribe that understands what your particular struggle means and who can encourage you to endure trying times. The other is an abiding faith in something or someone bigger than you.
In our technology-driven culture, it is so easy to believe that we have things all figured out. One trip to your local hospital should cure that belief. Even trained medical staff marvel at people who should have died but lived and people who should have lived but died. Technology cannot save us.
One of the phrases that I have adopted to help me connect with God in trying times is this:
I am accepted in the Beloved.
Knowing and understanding that I am accepted in the Beloved has given me strength for my own journey to Unique. It lets me know that no matter what rejection I may face from people, there is a power beyond me that always accepts me. I am accepted by Him. And His acceptance is ENOUGH.
This fills me up with a confidence and peace that helps me break through my own fears and doubts. Life gets hard sometimes. My faith sustains me in the hard times.
I'm not sure what you believe (or if you believe in anything at all). What I can tell you is that your hope and light is tied to something bigger than YOU.
Your faith is one of the keys to loving Your Unique.
Here are some resources to help you with your faith journey.