Heartbreak. Anguish. Betrayal. Abandonment. Abuse. Tragedy. Sickness.
This is what you recall as the worst moments in your life.
The seasons you try to erase from your memory.
The pain that crushed you.
Maybe you’ve experienced victory and healing from these painful moments. Maybe your faith has grown by leaps and bounds. Perhaps you’ve gained a strength that only could have come from these past seasons.
For some of you, you are satisfied with what God has done in you. But this is as far as it goes.
But there’s more. Yes, He wants to do something through you.
I want to encourage you with this powerful truth:
The pain from your past can be a lifeline to someone else right now. A soothing balm for someone else’s heartache.
I like how Paul puts this in 2 Corinthians 1:4:
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
He doesn’t just comfort us for our own healing. It says so that we can comfort others, too! As followers of Jesus, if we never walk in this truth, then we are missing out. And others are missing out on what we can offer them.
In the last several years of my faith journey, God has put people in my path who are struggling with things I have already experienced. Some of these experiences are from many years ago. Others are just in the recent past.
There’s an urgency in my soul to reach out and encourage them. A longing to lift someone up when they feel discouraged. An opportunity to inspire someone to keep going in spite of their horrible circumstances.
This is what we are called to do! It’s not an option.
I know the pain of divorce. God healed my broken spirit through that horrible journey.
But instead of keeping that experience to myself, I reach out to those who are in the midst of this pain right now.
They need to know that they will get to the other side of the pain. They need to know that they are not alone. They need to see that this painful journey will not engulf them.
I understand the turmoil of anxiety and depression. God took my despair and turned it into a desperation for Him.
But instead of locking this into a room of my heart and labeling it “off-limits”, I choose to humbly share my struggle with those who feel like they will never be able to break free from these chains.
What about you? What part of your journey has God delivered you from? Where has He given you healing through your pain?
If you’ve never stepped out and shared that with anyone, then how about asking God to show you someone who needs to hear it? Sometimes God brings us people right smack in front of us. But other times we might have to go after them. Seek them out.
Your pain is not in vain. He wants to use it for His glory. That glory comes when we are able to pour comfort into others with the same comfort we received at some point before.
There is no better feeling than to share hope and peace with someone who is hurting in the same way you have hurt. You don’t even have to be WAY ahead of them, either. No, you don’t have to be completely over your pain before you can comfort others. You might just be a few steps ahead of them on the same journey.
Maybe that’s part of the healing for ourselves.
I challenge you today, dear friend. The pain of your past does not have to define you. Allow God to use it to bring healing to someone else. Let Him do something magnificent THROUGH you.
It’s what He does best.
Blessings to you!
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