Who has the power to make you feel bad?

If someone is rude and condescending to you, where does that leave you?

Or if you’ve been pushed out of something you care about by someone who thinks life is just another episode of Survivor, what happens inside you?

Who has the power to make you feel bad?

When I was growing up, my mother said I needed to learn to be thick skinned. But somehow, I never learned. Sure, I went through a time when I tried to pretend that I didn’t care what others thought of me, but that didn’t work very well.

People still have the power to hurt me.

But a funny thing happened along the way. I learned that I have some options. I have some power over that hurt. I don’t need to wait for Mr. or Ms. Mean Person to come back to me and apologize. There’s something I can do instead.

But it does require that I stop pretending. It does require that I face up to those hurt feelings inside. And it does require that I take those hurt feelings to Someone who has a lot more power than I do.

I’ve done that now hundreds of times with all different kinds of hurts. And yet the process still amazes me—how I can go from anguish one moment to laughing out loud the next, how I can go from stressed out to not-a-ripple-on-the-pond perfect peace.

I’ve helped others do this, and seen the same kind of quiet miracles replicated in their lives.

It has been my life’s mission to help others discover this journey. I’ve written books, taught courses, published websites, and generally tried to grab people by the ear and say, “Stop and listen! This could change your life.”

Today, I launched a new resource to help people experience this kind of transformation. I call it Inner Wealth. It’s a subscription that gives you access to videos and other teaching that explain what it means to walk with God in this way.

I toss it out there to you, in case you want to check it out.


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