I do understand about difficult things in life. I have in the past two years, faced my wife's diagnosis of cancer and her subsequent death, a long and bitter custody action to deliver my son from a certain situation, other very serious circumstances, illness, significant financial situations, and other things I will not go into at present.
Though our emotional or spiritual pain may have come from different sources, I have learned a universal truth: "pain is pain".
It is because of those things, and because of the level of pain I have felt, that so many of the messages you read are "self" centered, intended to be centered on encouraging and strengthening one's relationship with God.
It is because I have found in my own life that the strength of my personal relationship with God was often the determining factor as to whether or not I survived the seemlingly insurmountable problems I faced every day. My relationship with God gave me a reason to face each new day, a reason to survive, a reason to live.
Those "self" centered messages are my way of giving to others the things that have helped me, not only to survive, but to overcome those circumstances.
The words you read every day are more than just so much rhetoric, they have been my life, my survival, and a chronicle of my life and relationship with God. Going through those difficulties has so greatly enhanced my relationship with and understanding of God, I wish everyone could understand, but I do not wish them to experience the things I had to experience to learn it.
I hope this helps you to understand. I certainly never want the messages I send to appear to be a selfishly motivated "self" centeredness. It is my hope that others may grow from them as I have.
Thank you for sharing your heart with me.
G. Randall Vaughn, President
E-MIN Global Ministries