Overcome: The Past – Defining Moments

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It’s a sad reality that we all will experience hurts and trauma in our lives. Every single person reading this has experienced some form of a significant hurt or trauma. One may experience trauma in the form of an abusive parent or loved one, while another may experience it from an unforeseen accident, medical diagnosis, or death in the family. 

From a cultural perspective, there’s a strong temptation to allow traumatic events to define our lives. We’ll even refer to these events as Defining Moments in our lives. But is this the wise and healthy thing to do? Is it wise to allow a moment of trauma to completely define who we are? 

The answer, of course, is no. While it isn’t healthy to ignore or numb the reality of these events, it also isn’t healthy to allow them to completely define our lives. Today, as you dwell on a moment in your life in which your faith was tested, pause to consider whether or not you’ve been providing this event too much power in your life. Are you allowing this event to define who you are? Or are you allowing this event to help you grow in your understanding of God and yourself?

READING & JOURNALING:

     JAMES 1:2-8

Write about a time when your faith was tested. In what ways did this experience ultimately help you grow?

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, sometimes I feel like my faith is being tested every day in every way. Today, I simply pray that You will be the defining aspect of my life, and that I will reflect your love and grace to others. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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