I want to talk to you today about Finding The Lost You. Life has a way of changing us. At one time we were outgoing, excited about our dreams, grateful for our family. We saw the best in people, and excelled at work, positive, hopeful. Then life happens. We go through a disappointment, and we lose a little joy. We make mistakes and lose a little sense of value. People do us wrong and we lose a little passion.
Our dream doesn't work out and we lose a little confidence. We look up and wonder, "Where that other person went"? A men said to me last week, "Joel, I've lost myself. I used to be so passionate, so caring, I don't know what happened, I don't even recognize who I am". He'd been through a loss, things hadn't turned out the way he thought, now he was a fraction of what he used to be. But God didn't create us to start off excited about life, believing for our dreams, and then end up defeated, insecure and lonely. That's life trying to change who you are.
You may have lost yourself, the good news is: you can find yourself. You can go back to who God made you to be. The real you is still there: the joyful you, the passionate you, the confident you, the victorious you. One reason Jesus came was to recover what was lost, to restore what was stolen, to heal what was broken, to give you beauty for ashes, joy for mourning. What you've lost is coming back. God is about to do a new thing. He's not going to leave you had a deficit. He sees what you've been through, and he's going to make up for it, he's going to breathe new life, new passion, new opportunities and new vision. You haven't seen the best version of you yet. It's still in front of you.