1 Timothy 4:12: Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
People can put a lot of pressure on us to be okay. They don’t want us to be hurting, but they may also not want to be involved in our difficulties. They have their own, after all. But what you need to know is: It’s okay to feel what you feel. Don’t try to act or feel that everything is alright if it isn’t. Only you and God really know your complete situation. There are many times that what’s going on in your life is overwhelming. And to compound things, you have people in your life that are trying to make you climb into a square peg when you’re a round hole. And sometimes that hole is so full of sorrow, anxiety, anger, disappointment, depression that there’s no room for anything else. It’s okay. Did you hear that? It’s okay. You’re doing the best you can do in your situation. Don’t shove guilt into that round hole, too. Stop trying to look how the world wants you to be. You’ll have much more peace if you simply let go of the expectations of others and just live your life. God thinks that you are special just the way you are. He created you after all and dressed you with a beautiful robe of personality, strengths and weaknesses. Embrace how God sees you and you’ll stop trying to look how the world wants you to be.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.