I am Greater Than My Trauma
There was a young man who was the product of a divorce. At the age of 12 he began to navigate a large amount of time without the ability to just walk in the living room or his parents bedroom and get advice from his father. His mother was raised in the projects and watched her mom face all sorts of trauma and deal with addiction in her family and her neighborhood. The trauma of her childhood and what she overcame to become a nurse and travel the world in the military allowed her to speak one language and that was a language of hard work and excellence. His father served as a police officer for over three decades and although marriage did not work out, he never missed a football game, he took off work to make track meets and expected a high level of moral fiber. Work hard, don’t lie and stand up for yourself. It’s interesting that as a child even maturing into adulthood you begin to understand the mistakes and traumatic experiences of your parents. This young is me, I now understand that my grandmother cleaned houses so my mother could go to nursing school, so her children could go to graduate school. Even in our community when we begin to look at how trauma has impacted our ancestors we have turned paper plates of survival into extravagant meals on china plates.
One term you will hear when as it pertains to trauma are generational cycles. These cycles get perpetuated every day. Cycles of molestation and abuse, cycles of addiction, cycles of invulnerability. The message that I want to convey today is the fact that we are greater than our trauma. Here’s the tough part, cycles of trauma that are sinful must be broken through obedience first and foremost. If we truly believe that Jesus conquered death we must know and understand that He is greater than our trauma and has the ability to break every chain that has had our families shackled for generations.