There can be a dark place in personal growth. It lies in the shadowy slope where insight slides into morbid introspection.
Insight: when you observe and analyze yourself, you see into the underlying truth of your actions, motivation, character, etc. and are empowered to make a change in your life.
Morbid introspection: when you become fixated on the observation and analysis and – when you are faced with the underlying truth of your actions, motivation, character, etc. – rather than clean up and move on, you become negative and brood about your weaknesses, doubt your abilities, and belittle yourself and your goals.
Very Simple Solution: Is there really be a quick fix to this problem? Yes, there really is… but quick does not necessarily mean easy. You have to make a choice and to apply it immediately. It might not seem fresh and original, but it is tried and true: You must change your thinking. It’s not about reciting the 3×5 sticky notes on your mirror reminding yourself you are greater than you think. It’s not about listening to motivational messages in your car on the way to work or errands. It’s about being consistently responsible to cut short the pity party and make the change at the moment you discover yourself in the darkness. It’s not easy – it’s a hard road to climb. But it really does work.
- “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”
(Philippians 4:8 from The Message version of the Bible)
There is a concept of “Purpose” that I find important to emphasize whenever possible: It cannot be wrapped up in another person.
I find it incredibly sad when a young person says their purpose in life is to get married, or a parent believes their life goal is to raise great kids, or someone indicates their whole life is dedicated to supporting their partner in whatever they do. Not that these goals are negative, but they cannot be the whole focus of your life. What happens when the young person gets married (or if they don’t), what happens when the kids leave home, what happens if the partner dies?
Our purpose in God is unchanging. It carries us throughout our lives, in every stage, in every relationship, in every circumstance. Whether married or single, whether children or none, whether someone runs alongside you nor not.
Let me be clear. Marriage, children, and partnerships can all be very fruitful, productive, important parts of your purpose. God can and will use those things to move you towards your purpose, but they cannot BE your purpose.