Updated: Jan 6
Things do get better. It's all going to be okay.
Yesterday, I learned of the passing of Cheslie Kryst, 2019 Miss USA, model, TV correspondent, and attorney.
My heart broke. She was a beautiful, vibrant, brilliant woman who had so much to offer the world. We don’t know what she suffered to make the decision she did, but it is my prayer that she’s at rest and peace in Christ’s merciful, loving arms.
But it did make me think that so many people suffer from not feeling good enough. Or they think the pain will never leave. Or they think they don’t matter and no one knows them, sees them. Or they think it’s not worth it. They’d be better off gone.
Can I tell you that you matter?
YOU MATTER. More than you know. More than you realize.
You are enough. Just the way you are. The pain does leave. Things do get better. People you don’t even think about see you, appreciate you, are happy you crossed their paths. It’s worth it. IT IS SO WORTH IT. We are better off with you.
God loves you and created you for a purpose. He formed you and fashioned you and planned you regardless of whether your parents did or even wanted you. He designed you for a particular assignment, and because you walk this earth, your presence helps so, so many people, whether you realize it or not.
If you are feeling as though things are too tough, too hard, not worth it, or never going to change, please know that you can run straight to Jesus, who will comfort you and give you peace. He will strengthen you. Show you that you are worth it. Show you that you are loved and valued. Turn things around for your good.
Let this mind that is in you be the one that is in Christ Jesus. Meaning, ask him for his outlook. His mentality. His viewpoint. You’ll see life and yourself from a whole different vantage point. He loves you. I love you too.
Don’t give up.
DQ Clarke, Christian Writer and Speaker.
D.Q. Clarke is a Christian writer and speaker. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Boston University and a master’s degree in Religious Studies from Howard University. When she is not writing, she hosts daily devotionals on her YouTube channel. She grew up in various cities along the US east coast and Caribbean and currently lives in the Washington, DC, metro area.