Arts & Culture

A Rub On Your Shoulder

Precious one, dear one…

If only I could hug you and embrace you, but I fear you’re too distant, and everything I do seems to bounce off of you as if I didn’t even try. Listen to me. I do.

I understand what you’re going through. You don’t believe me, but I do. Oh, the pain and the suffering in your eyes were once in mine as well. When your walls cave in and all you want to do is evaporate or slam the brakes. I’ve felt it.

Some people don’t understand, but I do. Life happens. Feelings erupt. Thoughts of “if only. . . could have, should have, would haves” flood my brain as I’m sure it does yours. But listen. Life isn’t perfect. It just isn’t. We fail. We all do. You might look at yourself and say you’re not good enough. You may think you can’t do anything right, that you are a failure. You don’t have to strive for perfection because guess what: Jesus is your Perfecter. His grace is sufficient and covers all your weaknesses (2 Cor. 12:9-10). 


You might be shameful about all the things you’ve done. All the hurt and pain you’ve caused and the mistakes you’ve made. You might think you deserve bad things to happen to you because of what you’ve done. Please know that God is a God of forgiveness, and if you come to Him with a heart of humble repentance, He will give you grace and mercy. With Him, the chains that are bound around you can be released. There is victory in Him. You no longer have to live with shame because He has overcome your past mistakes.


You might grow weary of yourself and think you can’t change, but you can change. God is a God of miracles, and He is a mighty, powerful God. He has made the impossible in me possible, and I believe He can do the same for you. Keep clinging and trusting Him (Matthew 19:26). 


You may see yourself as too ugly; maybe you think you’re too tall or too short, too fat or too skinny. But won’t you look in my eyes? You are a wonderful human being created by a loving Father to do great works which He has already planned for you (Eph. 2:10). He has created you with radiant beauty, so shine for Him!


At times, you may feel out of place and alone. You may feel rejected and ignored. I have felt the same way; I’m sure everyone has at some point or another. Even Jesus was scorned and rejected. He knows your pain because He has experienced it also. For that reason, He loves you even more and hates seeing you feel this way. Instead of rejection, He opens His arms and accepts you–He calls you His beloved child.


You are of magnificent worth as a person. You are deeply loved by God. You are fully pleasing to God and completely accepted by him. You are complete in Christ. When you express yourself. the reflection is unique and dynamic.


There has never been another person like you in the history of mankind, nor will there ever be. You are an original, a one of a kind, a totally awesome someone in Christ, for He chose you and blesses you, enabling you to be a blessing to others in their brokenness.


“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I  have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)


From the depths of my heart to the depths of yours. . . with love.


About the Author:

Name: Anna Leong

Age: 18

How long have you been apart of TPS? I have been taking TPS classes for two years.

I have been taking TPS classes for two years.


What classes are you taking with TPS this year? This year I am taking AP Art History with Mrs. Beachler and College Psychology with Dr. Bridges.

This year I am taking AP Art History with Mrs. Beachler and College Psychology with Dr. Bridges.


What are a few of your hobbies?

I enjoy expressing myself through the gift of words, music, and art. In my free time, you will probably find me reading a book, writing, playing piano, viola, singing, or dabbling in some kind of art.



  1. What a touching a meaningful tribute to God’s relationship with us. Thank you for sharing