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BY RIQUE MARTINEZ
Where Do I Belong
Identity defines passion and we’ve been lost in our identity for so long because we’re not pursuing what we are passionate about. Understanding defines awareness, so in order to understand our purpose we have to seek God in that area. When we’re feeling lost it’s important that we dig deeper into ourselves to find our identity.
Over time, we fuel ourselves with pain that is drawn into our lives because we adapt to our environment. However, when we reach a place of healing it becomes difficult to let go of pain. We have become accustomed to it, thus we find it hard to let go. People rejected me in a way of accepting me when I became comfortable in my own skin, so I used rejection to fuel my strength. Although I didn’t understand rejection, it was the only thing that influenced me. The real me, or the spiritual me holds a capacity of greatness, so if a person isn’t ready for the conviction that follows greatness they tend to run and I would feel ashamed because of it. When you mention God people shut down, and when I tried to persuade all walks of life to understand me, many were drawn away because of the assumption that what is not understood must be corrupt or wrong. Then I thought that if man rejected me so would God. Rejection caused me to depart from God because when you see through the eyes of pain, the worldview appears altered. When we deal with an identity crisis, it’s as if we are in a book that we’ve already read but forgotten. We are familiar but unaware. I knew where I came from, but it didn’t feel like I belonged there anymore. Sometimes, we end up in a place were supposed to be for the moment, but not forever. I lost myself in rejection but in a meaningful way.
“You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.” Who will take the time to persuade the horse to drink? Our culture has developed a mentality of giving up on who we are, and on each other. No matter what a person may do or say, they still have a soul, so it takes mercy and effort to win a soul, and “love” to keep it. Every person is valuable to love and nothing can change what love has to offer. We belong where there is love and love is freedom; to love is to be free. Love will always lure a secret heart because the cure for fear is love, so a secret heart will always end up where love is present. With love comes hope and where there is hope there is life and identity. Hope never fails to make you feel accepted.