Have you ever found yourself wanting to be totally there for a grieving friend but then realize you have no idea what to say or how to best support them? We all have hard things happen in life, but they are rarely the exact same hurts or circumstances as our friends. More times than not, the things my sweet friends are going through are things that haven't touched my life. As friends who value our relationships, we want to show love and support no matter if we've been through the same type of storm or not. Personally, I have desired to step into the mess with the people I care about, and I have been the recipient of Christ-like love in the midst of my own suffering. Through these seasons, I have learned a few things and wanted to share them today.
When I was a teenager, I went through many dark days where I felt I was at my end. I didn't know the Lord yet, and I felt totally alone and misunderstood. The way I dealt with that angst and frustration was to wreck things... And myself.
God calls His children to obey. Just as we expect our own children to obey us. While we usually have our children's best interests at heart, we can sometimes have selfish motives for wanting our children to do as we say. Being obedient to the Lord is different in that we can always trust that He will do what is best in our lives, for He knows and holds our future.
I am a person who actually likes confession. I realize my need for sisters-in-Christ to be in prayer for me in this area, that overcoming sin is not something the Lord meant for us to do by ourselves. This hasn't always been the case, however. Not too long ago, I was desperately attempting to hide my sin deep down in hopes that it would never come to light.