We have all been touched by sorrow. Whether it is drug addiction, death, financial struggles, relationship strain, eating disorders, depression, anxiety (the list goes on and on), every single one of us has had hard enter our lives at one point or another. Pain is a unifying factor of humanity.
Have you ever wondered what makes some people give to others out of the very place they have been wounded themselves? A drug dealer working in rehab...a prostitute helping women get off the streets...an anorexic leading eating disorder groups...a childless mother reaching out to the barren...a survivor holding the hearts of those walking through trauma and death… These people are no different than you and me; they have just found their turning point.
Turning point: The point where you take your sorrow and turn it into someone’s tomorrow.
This concept of giving out of our places of woundedness is actually very biblical. (See 2 Cor. 1:3-4 below)
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (TPT) says,
3 “All praises belong to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he is the Father of tender mercy and the God of endless comfort.[a] 4 He always comes alongside us to comfort us in every suffering so that we can come alongside those who are in any painful trial. We can bring them this same comfort that God has poured out upon us.”
We were created to be comforters to those around us who are struggling. It is easy to get caught up in our own pain, feeling very overwhelmed by the engulfing passion of grief. It would be easy to just cover our ears and crawl underneath a blanket, fully immersed in our own feelings. And rightly so! Life in this world is hard, isn’t it? But the turning point comes when you can begin to crawl out of your cocoon to see where the world needs you. Because I can promise you this: you are not the only one hurting. You are not the only one who feels alone in their struggles. You are not the only one wondering if life is really worth it. You are not even the only one who sometimes wonders if God is real.
And I can also promise you this. The world does need you. There is a need in the world that only you can fill. You were created to give from right where you are! Yes, even if that is from a big puddle of tears…
Where is your turning point? Where are those places of pain you have walked through or you are currently walking through? Ask the Lord to open your eyes to the hurting people around you--those who hurt in the very places you have hurt. Ask him to show you how to give out of your own pain. Ask him to show you your turning point that you may take your sorrow and turn it into hope for those around you.