How can brokenness be turned into breakthrough? For the last twenty-one years I have lived the answer to this question. As I ponder my life I have discovered three keys to lasting victory.
When I entered the psychiatric hospital in 1995, I was forced to become aware of myself, who I was, how I felt, and what I was thinking. I had to face “me” in living color. The first key to breakthrough is self-awareness: knowing who you are and what is happening inside you.
This vision was not enough. I could have still denied what was right in front of me. But I didn’t. I acknowledged what needed changing and healing. Honesty is the best policy is not just a cliché, it’s a necessity to breakthrough. The second key to breakthrough is that you must acknowledge what is there and search for ways to make changes. God brought the tools and people into my life when He saw I was willing to do the work necessary.
In the years that followed, God led me to Alain Dagba, author, spiritual teacher, and mentor. Through Alain’s generosity, I came under his mentoring once a week for several months. Our conversations centered on purpose—my purpose in particular. He did an exercise with me one day that was surprisingly powerful. Through it I discovered the core of my existence: I was born to write. Once the weight of that soaked into my brain, I knew what I had to do. I had to let everything go and focus on the gift God had given me to bless the world. The third and final key to breakthrough is taking the action steps necessary in whatever direction God is leading you. Knowledge is only the beginning. It is ineffective if allowed to lay unused.
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