I was bowled over by the responses to yesterday’s post.
To be honest, I really didn’t plan what I was going to write about, I just simply shared what had happened to me the day before.
The reaction I got from people was an almost overwhelming sense of understanding, connection and gratitude.
What was it that generated such a response? Simply this:
I shared the reality of my feelings and emotions, I said things that most people normally keep private and I testified to what God had been teaching me about them.
I really wasn’t expecting much of a response at all. I was just sharing my feelings of frustration and depression and the little bit of light that God had shown me that day. What good would that do anyone else? No-one else feels the way I do… right?
We all too often succumb to the lie that, whatever it is we’re going through, we’re going through it alone. We know God is there with us but somehow come to believe that no-one else could understand. We allow ourselves to become convinced that nobody else feels the same way or knows what it’s like to be that way but it’s not true – and you’ll never know until you share.
What I discovered yesterday was that there are many people who feel the same way I do, struggle with the same things I struggle with and feel the same pain I feel. What’s more, I learned that I don’t have to have all the answers to be able to encourage and strengthen someone else who feels the way I feel.
They say a problem shared is a problem halved but there’s more too it than that. A problem shared may be a problem halved for me but it can also be a problem halved for other people too. You see, simply by me sharing, it opened the floodgates for others to share and we all took a step forward together.
This is why small groups are such an essential part of Church. There is something incredibly powerful about simply having a place to share with others what you’re going through – good or bad. If you’re not part of a small group/cell group/home fellowship/life group/whatever you call it, I would strongly encourage you to join one as soon as possible.
I try to encourage people to ‘be the Church’. Don’t just DO church, BE it. Be family, be friends. Uplift, encourage and exhort one another. An easy way to do that is to share your walk with someone else. Share your highs and your lows, the big things and the small ones, the praise reports and the prayer requests. There’s not much that’s quite as amazing as knowing you are not alone, that other people who maybe seem like they’ve ‘got it all together’ face the same struggles as you. You don’t have to have all the answers, just sharing your life with someone can make all the difference in the world.
I am so glad that I shared my feelings with you all yesterday. I didn’t know what would come of it, but then, you never know until you share!
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