Since everyone is recapping their decade now that we're in the 2020s, I thought I would join in. The thing is, you really don't ever know what someone has gone through without having a real conversation with them. Since this is the internet, not a coffee shop or my living room, here's a quick overview of the past 10 years.
This past decade held...
Accomplishments like graduating, getting married, new jobs, promotions, salvation, traveling, moving, friendship, and volunteering.
Heartache like divorced parents, breakups, abuse, friendships ending, cancer, death, loss, and conflict.
Feelings of joy, peace, freedom, love, contentment, gratitude, vulnerability, confusion, loneliness, isolation, grief, doubt, fear, failure, striving, pride, anger, hurt, and disillusionment.
I'm expectant for all this year and decade will hold. Believing that none of the pain or seasons of waiting from this past decade will be wasted. I think it will all come back around eventually for God's glory and/or helping someone out in their story.
So share your story with others when the moment is right. You won't believe who you can impact by being open enough to share the highs and the lows of your journey when appropriate.
Finding and creating community like this, that's vulnerable and real, is important. I want to continue going deep this year. Digging down and growing roots in my city, church, and friendships.
Let's leave the surface stuff behind and be intentional in our relationships. Life is short and we all have pain and hurt in our stories. But I hope that we can all have LOUDER stories about redemption and healing and freedom and restoration.
Pain is guaranteed in life, but Jesus is our hope despite the pain and in the pain. He's the constant in all of the ups and downs.
"I [Jesus] have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take heart; I have overcome the world." - John 16:33
Give Him your life. Admit your need for a Savior. You were never meant to do life in your own strength. You honestly can't. I made a mess of mine. But Jesus.
"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." - Isaiah 53:5
Surrender to His will and not your own. You will find more purpose and fulfillment in following Jesus than you ever could living for yourself and your own glory.
As Tim Tebow shared this morning at Passion Conference, "I want you to be successful, but more than that, to live a life of significance by really loving people and sharing the Gospel." Go share your story. See what God does with your willingness to be used by Him to offer hope and peace in someone else's pain.