Everything Happened for a Reason and it’s Not Your Fault

A personal reflection on my spiritual journey

David Andrew Wiebe
Advice to Younger Self

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Photo by Justin Luebke on Unsplash

I broke down in front of my parents at a Mexican restaurant in Garden Grove, CA after attending a Sunday service at the Crystal Cathedral.

I was carrying a couple of burdens that were starting to weigh me down.

The first — the fact that the extended family had changed so drastically after the untimely death of my father.

Because I had identified the issue, I thought it was mine to fix.

The second — that I felt alone. I didn’t feel like I was connecting with anyone my age when all I desired was to be in a community and to have a girlfriend.

Stubbornly, I had resisted sharing with my parents. But I could no longer hide my feelings. So, I told all.

“A burden shared is a burden halved,” my mom said. And those words have stuck with me ever since.

Inequity with Blinding Clarity

It wouldn’t be until much later that I was able to accept that who I turned out to be was not my fault. But everything I had experienced was leading there.

This realization, oddly, originally occurred at a church one Sunday when I was caught up in my…

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David Andrew Wiebe
Advice to Younger Self

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