I’ve had an email today asking this: ‘can I be a Christian and still struggle with self harm?’
Being a Christian does not protect you from feeling sad and numb and worried and lonely and scared and guilty and squashed.
Being a Christian doesn’t stop you getting depressed or dementia or cancer or measles or bulimia. It doesn’t stop your house flooding or being burgled or repossessed. It doesn’t stop your bullying or your abuse. It doesn’t stop you failing your exams or losing your best friend in a car crash. It doesn’t guarantee you anything in this world that can be taken away: a parking space or better skin or a partner or children or clear test results.
It guarantees that in all these things, you will never be alone.
It guarantees a purpose for suffering – though you cannot see it.
It guarantees a Father who loves you, with unquenchable fire.
A Brother who fights for you with His dying breath.
A Helper who comforts and washes and renews and restores.
It guarantees a life that you cannot predict. A strength that comes from brokenness. And a reality greater that what you can see.
So when you’re tempted to give up
When you’re scared and tired and confused
When you’re wounded and hungry and ashamed and bowed
Don’t panic. You’re in the right place. He came for someone exactly like you.