“I remember a counselor telling me I was experiencing a mid-life crisis. She said the depression was normal.”
Jared didn’t feel normal.
Building on Ego
Determined to build a new life, Jared moved back to Edmonton. He graduated college, went into sales and was making a six figure salary before he turned 24.
Jared says he lived his life thinking he was invincible. “When you play a sport and you’re successful at it you get an invincible mentality. It feeds your ego.” He slowly came to realize that ego-driven choices end up badly.
Years later he sat in my office. He had a beautiful wife and two gorgeous kids. His ambition, diligence and hard work had earned him a seven figure net worth and national recognition in real estate. His ego had also led him to make some horribly hurtful choices that clearly showed he was not invincible.
The night before we met he had gone out and gotten completely smashed. Ironically, his binge actually brought him to his senses. He poured out his story.
Jared was at a turning point. Even though he knew he needed to change, his ego exerted an astounding amount of resistance. Surrendering to God is a 180 degree change. Never easy. Always good.
Hope found Jared. He experienced the power of forgiveness…from God and for himself.
Ken Blanchard taught me to remember the acronym EGO…
Don’t mistake what Jared experienced for merely a religious experience. Religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell. Hope in God is for people who have already been there.
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