It seems like the last two days have brought up their fair share of emotions. Its not a secret that life is not without pain and loss, but when you’re not expecting it, it certainly catches you off guard and provides for a good amount of hurt.
Pick your poison, if you may…
You lost your job.
You argued with your spouse.
You were in an accident.
You lost your wallet.
A friend hurt you.
You were late for your meeting.
Life is filled with these things that so many times leave you hurt and limping. What do you do?
You have to do something. I wouldn’t condone beating someone up, or robbing a bank, so don’t do anything crazy. But, at some point, you need a safe environment to share your emotions in.
Mines is friends and our small group. I shared today more specifics regarding what’d happened and how I really felt let down, hurt, and sad by (insert name here). They affirmed and listened and shared our pain.
Another outlet for me is the internet. While I choose to leave out any details whatsoever that could in any way be connected as, “I know what you’re talking about”, I find things like this blog, mini-blogging via Twitter, or Facebook, as opportunities for me to share who I am to others that may want to click on my profile/page/blog on any given day.
I’m far from perfect, and the day anyone believes I am is the day they’ll be tremendously let down. However, I’m on this same journey called life.
We all hurt. We all cry. We all feel.
I’ll paraphrase one of my favorite quotes from Pastor Rock (ACAC, Pittsburgh, PA). Disciples aren’t made in isolation. We need each other as we walk this journey.
So are you keeping your junk inside, or seeking out a safe place to share?
Sadly, “the church” isn’t always a safe place. We need to change this scenario.
Dr. Ron Walborn says to this, “You want a safe place? BE a safe place.”
It begins with us, striving to live in community as we all wrestle together and live in the tension.