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Friday, December 28, 2018


Everybody Hurts
Pastor B.J. Knefley

Christmas is over and now we wait for New Years. The time in between these holidays can be a great time of reflection. We have the opportunity to reflect over the events of the past year and the hopes and plans for the future. We can’t change many aspects of life but we can change how we react and respond. In case you haven’t noticed everybody hurts. There isn’t anyone that doesn’t experience death, disappointment, life change or tremendous struggles. It isn’t so much about what, but how. How does one traverse the journey?

Perhaps the first thing we each have to remember is that we’re not alone. Remember that event that crushed you? Someone else has gone or is going through the same thing and has had a complete loss of hope. Your journey has value in the lives of others. I believe it starts with our own willingness to tell our story. Not as a complaint, or to air our anger and poor me stories but rather in a way that describes your journey through the storm. Remember, everybody hurts and it may just be your story that helps them through the darkness.

I don’t have all the answers of life. There is so much I do not understand. Life happens while we’re making other plans, and although I may not always like it, it’s reality. As much I want to be in control, I’m not. I, like everyone else has to deal with disappointment, fear, the unknown, sickness and even death. My time left on earth is less than the amount I’ve spend here. I must ask the question, “What am I leaving behind?” For me that’s an important question. I believe that life is greater than just us. We have a purpose, and that purpose is not about how much we can earn, or own. It’s not about our careers or our hobbies. It’s about others. That person who’s looking for love will probably die looking. That person who’s trying to enjoy that one last pleasure will still die without realizing what they’ve hoped to obtain. The bottom line is that everybody hurts and our hope is in caring and loving others. Perhaps it’s time to start using your hurts for helping others before it’s too late. Think about it.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Most of this article reads alike the "Big Book" and the "Twelve and Twelve". It works if you work it and it has saved countless lives.