[Part 3, Chapter 17]
It was something I said I’d never do. Not only that, I’d judged those who did.
I was in a car wash café. Paying money for someone else to do my dirty work while I sat idly by.
It wasn’t laziness that had me sitting there. Rather, it was stains and ingrained dirt. A combination of feeding-out cattle, chainsaw oil, and grandchildren all threatened to devalue our vehicle rapidly.
The car required help.
I was required to get over myself.
Some of you are carrying ingrained dirt. The residue of what others have said or done to you. The stain of being victimised. The anguish of not being given opportunity in love or employment or life.
Any of those can contribute to you living with a devalued view of yourself.
The most favoured response you can have is to do yourself a favour. See someone. Get help. Be prepared to pay for it. But seek it out.
Jesus came to heal the broken-hearted and bring freedom to the captives.
That could well be you or me. He often heals through other people.
Run to Jesus, come to him, but, where necessary see those he partners with.
Visit the doctor and get a health check. If you’re over fifty, do your poopy tests (something you younger ones have to look forward to). See a counsellor. Get help for your marriage as early as you can. Invest in each other. Book a weekend away together.
Seek out some prayer counselling or prayer ministry (Elijah House, Victorious Ministries in Christ, Ellel, or a local church prayer team). Prayer ministry is a process, not a method. It’s freeing. It relies on Jesus, the Truth, to free people from mistruths they’ve believed about themselves. That’s what happened to Elizabeth. It relies on the leading of Holy Spirit to guide into the truth about your identity in Christ.
Sitting there while someone else worked on my car required two things: humility and letting go of judgement.
Implementing both of them sees the stain removed, the vehicle’s value maintained, and my peace of mind sustained.
Getting help and having someone walk along side, can do exactly the same for you.