I AM STRUGGLING
You probably are too. I am struggling with lack of strength and the ability to do daily tasks, stolen away by a rare disease. I suppose you are struggling with your own issues. Perhaps you are dealing with a major issue compared to myasthenia gravis, or maybe your struggles are relatively minor, but it’s big to you. Whatever your troubles, the burden is lighter when you share the journey with someone understands first-hand.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5, “All praise… to the God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort-we get a full measure of that, too.” MSG
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
We raise our hand and say, “Me too!” when we encounter someone who shares our diagnosis, addiction or heartache. Only one who has walked the same road of hardship we are traveling can relate. Watching a survivor who is a little farther along gives us hope to endure. Proof someone has been exactly where you are and survived makes us thrive. A victory parade!
2 Corinthians 2:14-16, “In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade.” MSG
Don’t try to go it alone. Reach out and take the hand of one who is a little farther down the path and allow them to pull you along. When you experience success, extend your other hand to someone who is a little behind you in your journey. Pull them along toward victory. Your unique circumstances may give someone hope. Together we are a parade. Some ride on floats, some march in the band, others are clowns on bicycles. Whatever your role, you are meant to be with your group. It doesn’t matter if you are leading or near the end. Take your place in the lineup.
2 Corinthians 1:5, “For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
THE GREATEST BENEFIT
I am strengthened if my weakness encourages people. Otherwise, it is wasted. I really need to know it matters. I need to know it makes a difference for someone, somewhere. Your struggles are unique and they uniquely equip you to help others. We are allowed to suffer so we can effectively minister to others. Don’t waste your experience.God uses adversity to bless #MyRightSideUpLife Click To Tweet
I have experienced that truth. God multiplies blessings by blessing others through us. Can you use your hardship to encourage someone else? Gather round those who raise their hands and say, “Me too!” Sometimes it is not easy for any of us to see the light of day. Is someone giving you hope? Take their hand, then turn around and extend your hand. Let’s all be a continuous victory parade!
Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” NLT
It has been said, “No pain, no gain.” I say, “Make your pain someone else’s gain.” Pass it on. Parades are fun, unless you find yourself behind the horses.