Sometimes when you are bullied, abandoned, or abused as a child, you develop a sense of shame that causes you to hide the parts of yourself that you perceive are bad. Often, your life experience teaches you that when you have applause, wealth, and achievement, you get more attention. Maybe you feel like people will love you or be kind to you if you act a certain way or do a certain thing, and you’re afraid that if you stop, you will lose relationship. When this happens, you begin to lead a double life and you develop an ego or a veneer that’s like the best version of you. But there’s a part of you that stays hidden and locked away; a part you are afraid would cause others to reject you if it was exposed.
Friend, I want you to know that God sees your hidden parts and despite all your flaws, He loves you. He’s never given up on you. He’s on your side. He knows all your days and He has a good plan for you. Before you were born, you were meaningful to Him and there’s nothing that can separate you from His love. That’s the Good News of the Gospel!