Helping others because of your painful journey!

Have you ever asked why?  Of course, you have!  Like me, you have been through experiences that have made no sense at all.  There has been incredible pain and agony in your journey of life and you have asked over and again, "Why God, why did you allow this?"

I need to be honest with you and admit that I do not have all the answers.  I don't understand why the suffering and pain.  But what I do know is that God 'will never leave us or forsake us.'  I also know that He didn't promise a life without pain.  We live in a brutal world!  We have seen the recent terror attacks in Paris and Beirut and we are struck with the worthless waste of so many lives that have been lost.  There is evil in the world and there is no denying that.  But how can we take our own pain and ensure that it is not wasted.

1.  Your own painful journey can be used to help someone else:  Did you know that you can help others in their pain and suffering because of what you have experienced?  Perhaps you have lost someone close to you and the agony of that loss was almost unbearable.  When someone else goes through that pain there is no one better to walk beside them than you.  You will know what to say and what not to say.  You will also know when to speak and when to be silent.  Your own pain is not wasted but is used to help others through their journey.  Perhaps someone is waiting for you to put your arms of comfort around them today.

2. Your own pain can help others even if God didn't fix yours problem:  Sometimes our problems do not get resolved.  Sometimes we have to walk that lonely journey of what appears to be defeat.  And yet, even those experiences are not wasted because you can help others in the same situation.  Maybe you have had a failed relationship.  You asked God to fix it, but that didn't happen.  The relationship fractured and left you broken.  Now others walking that pathway can lean upon you and find strength and courage through your pain.

3. Your own pain can help others even though there are still chapters to be written:  You still have a life to live—you still have a long way to go, but my friend, you can still bless and help others even though there are many pages of your life still to be turned.  Use your own story to help others in the process of writing their story.  There could be nothing better than knowing that you have turned a question mark into a full stop in someone else's chapter of life. 

So my precious friend, don't let your pain be wasted.  Get involved in someone's story today and help their journey to be easier and smoother just by you being there for them.  Isn't it wonderful to know that you can take your pain and suffering and steward that towards someone else in their walk? As the Word of God tell us, "Let us bear each others burdens..."

Be blessed today.  May your story help someone in their journey today!

I am and always will be,

recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,

Carol