For so long, I looked to others to help me define myself. Who did I need to be in order to be “enough”? Who did I not need to be so I wouldn’t be “too much”? Practice such a strategy for twenty to thirty years and you become a chameleon, always trying to adapt, blending into the relational culture around you. It’s exhausting and, in the end, futile.

There is something special about each of us. But somewhere in our journey, it gets hijacked and controlled 
by a powerful and underlying fear. Few men know true freedom. The enemy of our life in God sees to it that this is true. But it doesn’t have to be true forever.

When the opinions of others became less important than the opinion of God in my life, everything changed.

  1. Why must I go back into my story with God?
  2. Who delivered the messages and materials that formed the beliefs of my heart?
  3. What happened to me that brought on loss of heart?
  4. In my life journey, who inflicted hurt, guilt, fear, neglect, accusation, or shame? When? Where? How?

An excerpt from The Heart of a Warrior Journal Workbook.