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If I’m the first person all day to tell you that you matter…

aworknotyetfinished:

…then I’m telling you now…you do.

I am so proud of you. All of you. You, despite so many obstacles, continue to endure as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is an endurance race…it’s not easy being a Witness. I live your story. I feel your struggles. Yet, despite the judgment you’ve faced, despite the isolation you’ve felt (even amongst fellow JWs), you keep on going strong. Amen, amen.

I realize now that I’ve spent too much time allowing other people to hijack my spiritual progress. I’ve allowed the exclusion I’ve experienced to impact my spiritual well-being. I don’t know where my path leads me, but I am not going to let imperfect people stand in the way of my relationship with God. I look to additional sources now for my support group. I cherish all of you and your posts on here. It would be a privilege to meet some of you guys on here someday soon.

We must stick together and encourage one another. I can’t stress that enough. Lack of support will cause people to abandon their faith…it’s essential that we build one another up. If you’re one of the JWs who feels alone or unsupported…let me say right now that my inbox is always open. You are never alone. The apostle Peter admonished Christians to “…be like-minded, showing fellow feeling, having brotherly affection, tenderly compassionate…” (1 Peter 3:8). That’s what being a Christian is all about. We are a family. And that means being bonded by true love and friendship.