There is nothing for you to defend or prove… ever!


So many of you need to be acknowledged… for all those things that no one else sees, notices or knows about you.

You’re still standing. That alone needs acknowledgement. No one can fully know the path you have walked, the heartache you have suffered, and the pain you have endured. It could have easily taken someone completely out of life. But you’re still here.

For many of you life sometimes feels like trying to run a marathon with your wrist handcuffed to your ankle. You’re doing the best you can under difficult conditions and circumstances. It’s tough and I know that, and you should be acknowledged for the fact that you sign up each day for life.

Many of you give so much of yourselves to others. You show up and you love. Sometimes that love goes unnoticed, doesn’t seem appreciated, and not always returned.

Some of you had been deeply wounded in life. Some have been victims of horrendous abuse, while others have fought the demons of depression. Many of you have experienced catastrophic loss.

Let me be the first to acknowledge each of you for your courage. Thank you for showing us that there is hope for every human being, whatever we have had to face and endure in life. Thank you for the love, compassion, kindness, gentleness and understanding you so liberally extend to others even though you have so seldom been on the receiving end of them.

You may come across people who make a hobby out of judging others. Maybe there are some folks who enjoy making sport of your life, or are so quick to judge you and your path. Don’t listen to them. It’s not worth your energy to concern yourself with them. They don’t know you or your life. Try not to let them get you down. Don’t give them permission to push into your life.

Look, I’ve talked and interacted with many of you and heard many of your stories. I have nothing but the highest admiration for each of you – who you are as a human being, and the life you are living. Many of you have been kicked down in life more times than most people could imagine but you keep getting up. This world needs more people like you.

Never apologize for who you are or your life. There is nothing for you to defend or prove… ever! Your worth and value was settled and secure before you ever took your first breath. You are good. You are beautiful. Don’t ever let any person tell you any different.

You need so much more acknowledgement than anything I could ever write in a post. You don’t need a special Facebook page to have fans. Consider me one of your biggest fans, and someone who believes in you. Someone who doesn’t pretend to understand what you have or are walking through, but someone who respectfully offers my acknowledgement of the miracle of you and your life.

Latest Comments

  1. Ari Ellumina says:

    Amazing. Thank you for posting this for us. Much love and Light to you brother.

  2. leah77 says:

    This was beautiful Jim. Yes, life is not easy for any of us, but it is comforting to know that we are not alone. I like to believe that we are “surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses….” They are cheering us on. And they know the rest of the story, so we can trust their support.

    I’m a Christian who has let go of religion, but is holding on to Christ. Or should I say that He is holding on to me. It is a lonely place to be sometimes, but I’d rather be alone with my faith than surrounded by judgement and error.

    I just started reading, Being Jesus in Nashville. I’m excited to hear what you have to say.

    My Best!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I happened upon this post today after I saw another post you wrote about “5 damaging things we teach our children.” Before I shared, I wanted to do a little of my own research and make sure you are the real deal. Clearly, you are the real deal. I was blessed to read this post today as I often find myself angry for no “good” reason, other than I feel unacknowledged. So, in His infinite wisdom, God sent the message “Hey, you are appreciated. Now stop being so mad!” Being angry isn’t going to do me much good, but reading your post sure did. So thank you.

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