Overcoming the Past – BE and Overcomer
The rear view mirror of our life holds many things. Looking into the rear view mirror of life can be motivating and awakening if there has been intentional steps taken on your journey! This book is a look into the rear view mirror of my life and an acknowledgment of the intentional steps that have positioned me right here, right now!
I have been on a journey of influence since 1992. Not in my wildest dreams would I have thought as a kid that I would be telling you that I would be an influencer. I was always the one being influenced and following the crowd to fit in. There was no way that I thought that I had enough value to influence anyone else. So I continued to live my life submitting to everyone and everything else, no matter if it were healthy or unhealthy. This past of mine created a lot of havoc in my life and in others lives. I wouldn’t have been able to step into a position of influence without embracing the past that told me that I would NOT be an influencer.
Growing up in a shame based family sets a person up for defeat before they even have a chance to embrace truth. Truth is the “thing” that God has designed for your life! Truth is nothing more than a reflection of Him showing up in our lives. He is truth, and therefore each of us was created for truth. When we embrace Him into our lives we get to experience true freedom!
I have been given the gift of music and I started exercising that gift when I was four. It was the only place that I saw glimpses of worth. It was my saving grace many of times when I sought true acceptance. True acceptance is something that each of us crave. We are seeking acceptance through the behaviors that we display. There is an inside drive of desire-seeking that is the force of the things that we do and the way that we think. When we can connect that desire with the it’s Source, freedom shows up!
I was given a platter in life that held “not good enough’s”, “insufficiencies”, “inadequacies”, and other “shame-based” self-defeating thoughts that took control of me in every area of my life. Due to my distorted thinking I was positioned for disaster. That disaster started at the ripe age of thirteen and robbed every bit of true freedom in my life. I held on to deception which poised itself as freedom in in life and I continued to buy the lies.
From the time I was 8 years old I was searching for something significant in my life. I searched many places high and low and got hung up in many behaviors that were potentially destructive. I thought that I had found significance a few times along the way, only to find out that it was selfish desires that were getting in the way. I kept plugging through life knowing there was something greater that I was created for; although I didn’t really have an understanding of what that was or how to attain it. Why out of all people should I have purpose? The REAL question was……WHY NOT?!?
The past doesn’t define me but it did allow me to be molded into who I am today. Molded into a man that can be used for the greater good. I can write this book, safe from the destruction that could have been, and in an awesome place in life because I have a purpose; a greater “why”!. There was a plan for my life even when I didn’t understand that plan. All of the years of searching for something greater paid off. That something greater for me has been understanding and embracing a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. He created me and He created you for a purpose greater than our human understanding. He is enough! I am enough!
Embrace your rear view mirror today and allow it to propel you into embracing what He created you for….You are enough!