Encourage Yourself

I was driving the other day and saw a church marque that said “Don’t let your struggle become your identity.”  Throughout life we have so many ways we identify ourselves.  Whether it is mother, wife, sister, friend, by our occupation…I struggle with fulfilling all of these roles well on any given day.  I read an article about boxes in your life that I still have.  There are moments when your mother box is bigger so your occupation box has to get smaller.  Or your wife box needs more attention, so your friend box has to get moved to the back of the shelf.  The article pointed you that it is okay because if you try to make each box the same size all of the time, you don’t have the space to juggle all of them.  But if you add a struggle you have into that identity, it may become the one you give your most time to, when you don’t have it.  We don’t have a choice over our other identities, but we do have a choice over our struggles. Talk about it with a trusted companion or professional.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help before it consumes you.  Don’t let it control your life.  Control it.

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