By Alalade Oluwakemi Mary
Growing up for me as a child wasn’t a very easy and pleasant experience for me. One of the hurdles I had to overcome in my quest for success is the challenge of self image and concept.
I battled with a negative self concept that made me to feel inferior to my colleagues. In elementary school, I was bullied by my colleagues who referred and saw me as a nonentity. I couldn’t walk with my head held up. Rather, I dived into my shell while potentials were dying helplessly within me. No one believed in me.
I got afraid of going to school. I could still recall vividly an incidence where the then class captain deliberately included my name in the noise maker’s list when I didn’t even have anyone to talk with in class that could have made me guilty of that. I was so frustrated because my name was always on the list. What I considered as an act of deliberate wickedness.
I received several intensed beatings from my class teacher for the offences I never committed. But what could I have done? Helplessness was my case. I became so bittered about life in general. I lost myself to the cruelty of life. I was flown away by the winds of this world and got carried away by the ocean of life.
But something happened. Guess what happened; I fell in love with a Man who also fell in love with me before I did. He stepped into my life and changed my self image and concept. My life became new because of my lover.
My lover told me how beautiful, intelligent and brilliant I am. A lonely me suddenly found true love, friendship and companionship in him. He is the love of my life, my big brother and partner in the journey of life. Life challenges became surmountable because he taught me to approach and overcome them. Jesus gave me an unspeakable peace and joy like a river.
Perhaps, your childhood experiences are like or similar to mine. Whose life seems to be falling apart. Living in desperation and outer darkness of what the world holds. Do not be shattered and anxious tomorrow because I know the person who holds tomorrow.
My love and big brother is ready to turn your life anew just like he did to me. Jesus gives hope to the hopeless and strength to the weak. He will turn your sadness into joy and give you an unspeakable joy. Do not be mindful of what people think about you but be sure of what Jesus thinks about you. His thoughts about you are good and not of evil to give you a future and a hope. Give him a chance and be sure to soar like an eagle.