TD Jakes: If you live very long at all, all of your youthful idealism gives way to the harsh realities of life itself.
When you were teenager, you thought you knew everything. But when you got to put everything in practice, you found out it wasn’t as easy as you thought it was. Life has a way of making you close your mouth. Life will mute you, shut you down. Sometimes I question technology, I appreciate all the advances but I don’t need another way for anybody to be able to access me.
There are moments in your life that you feel overwhelmed by life, by people, by your own issues, by your own circumstances, by demands, by struggles and by temptations. It’s not long before you feel overwhelmed. What is hiding in you that you’ve not seen?
What strength are you under utilizing, that you let that weak thing whip you like that? How long will you live without knowing what you’ve got? If you know who you are, then you know who you are not! If you don’t know who you are, somebody can ascribe any identity on you and you will morph into whatever they want you to be, and that’s what has happened with a whole lot of us. Some of us have been ten or twelve different people depending upon who we were with because we don’t know who we are, we become whoever they want us to be and then when they leave us, we are confused because we’ve no real understanding.
We’d like to think that life comes to us in courses but it does not, in reality sometimes you got ten issues and they all hit you in the same weekend. You may not like what you’re going through, you may be stressed and overwhelmed, you may not be comfortable with your situation, but you got what it takes. What do you do when life does not seem fair? How do you deal with it when it’s not what you expected?
When you find yourself with mighty visions, with mighty goals, dealing with people of mediocrity? You will make it out of this storm. You will survive this attack. You will get through this phase in your life. I know am made of some good stuff. I can tell by the burdens I bear and the load I carry and the stuff I endure. I shocked myself at what I’m able to take. It’s not just that I shocked my enemies, I shocked myself.
They said I was gonna die and I believe it but through hell and high water, I’m still here! You don’t know what you’ve got, until all hell breaks loose. You don’t know what you can take, until the pressure is applied to your life. You don’t know what you can endure, until people stab you in the back and walk away from you! You don’t know how much courage you have, until you have been under fire and under struggle and under tribulation.
You can’t learn what’s in your sitting back in the lazy boy chair, hitting the remote control, watching HBO and Cinemax but when all hell breaks loose, that’s when you got to see what you got
Experience kills off the weaknesses. Your childishness begins to die! Your fears begins to leave. Because what you’re going through does not intimidate me, it intimates you. You can quit if you please. You can even take what you’ve got and give it away to 70 other people. But you’ve got what it takes because whatever you gave them, came from you. You’ve what it takes! What are you gonna do with the time you’ve left?
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