Moving from Victim to Survivor

During the process of healing, I realized that I had to move my thought process from victim to survivor.

Are you a survivor?

Dictionary.com describes a victim as “a person harmed, injured or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action…a person who is tricked or duped.”

That is definitely true when you have been involved in a variety of situations, including abuse.

However, a survivor is defined as “a person who survives, especially a person remaining alive after an event in which others have died.”

There are many cries and forms of abuse in which others do not survive. I’ve often wondered why I survived when others did not and I do not know the answer for that.

All I know, if I am grateful and hope that God will continue to use me for his kingdom.

However, while healing I discovered that yes, I was a victim of abuse but I survived the abuse and have overcome it.

As a victim, we can succumb to the alteration on us or we can be strong and overcome it. Survivors are strong and overcomers. {Please don’t get me wrong, many who died were strong also but overpowered by someone stronger.}

Nehemiah 8:10 says, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

What hardships have you survived?

 

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