My name is Andrew Voigt and I’m a broken, messed up human being.
Some of you are already moving on to the next blog, social network, or email after that introduction. You’re the sort of person who has life all figured out, with all your completely unreligious or religious thoughts intact (depending on which friend of mine is reading this). Actually, if you ARE the person I’m referring to, you probably haven’t even made it this far.
That’s where the rest of you come in. Why are you still reading if not for the tiniest, smallest, itty-bitty possibility that you too are feeling just as much beat up in your life as I am? Maybe it’s just that you like a good gossip or a good guy-falls-flat-on-his-back story. “Hey Bill, did you hear how totally jacked up that Voigt guy is? Man, what was I thinking to ever add him as a friend on Facebook?” Social media is the new, “If we want to get to know them better, why don’t we invite them over for dinner, honey.” Once you’re a “friend” with a broken person via a social network, you might as well open the door for that vacuum salesman who persistently comes by your house each week (which, for the record, I’ve never actually seen one in real life, but I hear they did exist in another era).
We are all broken; we are all incomplete in and of ourselves. The sooner we accept this fact as fact and not some mere opinion, the sooner we will begin to find the healing that we need. Please be honest with yourself and don’t give in to the social pressure to be, as some call it, a grounded individual. The only “grounded” I honestly know is falling flat on my face and having to realize that I am not strong enough to sustain myself.
I’m a follower of Jesus and I would like to say that I sincerely want to be known by God and to know Him. As Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae says in his song “Just Like You (feat. J. Paul)”, “I was created by God, but I ain’t wanna be like Him, I wanna be Him.” Even in my brokenness, I find myself falling into the mindset that I can dig myself out and that I can lift myself to a better place in my soul. The reality is that I am sinful, proud, afraid, beat-up by this world, and ashamed to show my face before the living God in my own skin.
There you have it, my “subliminal message” in this conversation. You may say, “This isn’t a conversation Andrew; this is you preaching at me.” Actually, I beg to differ. I believe this can be and should be a complete conversation, one in which you share your thoughts in the Comments after the post and one where you speak to God about your brokenness (or, if you’re not the God believing type, you at least wrestle with these thoughts in your head).
This blog will be dedicated to talking about our brokenness, redemption, chasing dreams, the occasional Charlotte Bobcats reference (another reason for such pain in my life), and a hope that somehow you will find healing in seeing God at work in a messed up guy like me.
I’m looking forward to the journey with you through this new experience.