Oh how true this is! We are made in the image of Christ and that’s who we should immulate.
Most of us remember Silly Putty from childhood. A silicone-based toy, Silly Putty (trademarked by Crayola) could stretch, bounce, and replicate print images like those found in newspapers or comic books (today’s “graphic novels”).
Once removed from its protective shell, Silly Putty could be twisted and folded into a variety of shapes, and the images captured on it comically distorted. These properties still astound and delight children.
But to abuse victims, Silly Putty offers a caution.
All human beings – abuse victims included – need validation, confirmation that their thoughts and feelings are appropriate, and in line with reality. The need is part of what makes us human. However stoic we may imagine ourselves, we were engineered for connection to others.
When we are denied connection through abuse, our need for validation does not disappear. It intensifies.
Anxious to please, we may become putty in the hands of friends…
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