Don’t be Defined by Bad Experiences!

Frustrated African American businessman sitting at desk

There are many people who allow one bad experience to define or determine the rest of their lives.

The fact that you are divorced, failed an exam, or got pregnant out of wedlock, does not mean you are a failure. The fact that you are in a garage does not mean you are a car.

“And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou Mighty man of valour. And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” – Judges 6:12-13

God does not define you by your experiences, neither should you. God saw Gideon as a mighty man, but he saw himself through the mirror of his then experiences; a poor and oppressed Israelite.

Someone once told me her life was over because her boyfriend had left her. I told her, “You can love again. There are billions of better men out there.” You are who God says you are, and not what your experience says you are!

By Kakra Baiden

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