Monday, December 12, 2011

Thoughts on Pain

There is so much heartbreak in the world. So much tragedy, so much pain, so much depression and hopelessness and darkness. Jesus said, "Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." (John 10:9-10, NLT) But some days, it seems like the thief is edging out Jesus's mission.

For Christians, the good news is, this sad imbalance is not going to last forever. Revelation 21:3-4 says, "I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, 'Look, God's home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people.God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.'" (NLT)

So what about now? What about the darkness and brokenness of our world? God is working in our world. I hope you've seen and felt him here. But he's not working alone. In Matthew 5:14-15, Jesus says, "You are the light of the world - like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house." We are the lamps, and the house is the world. We can spread light in this dark, heartbroken world.

Notice the way the verse doesn't say the lamp will climb onto a stand. It says, "a lamp is placed on a stand." I think we can apply this to ourselves. God has lit us for a purpose and then purposely placed us on some kind of stand; we're all in some kind of position to share light with someone who really needs it. Who can you help today?

And, if it's you hurting today, please know that you are loved. Know that you, too, were purposely put in this world, in the life you have, by God. Please reach out for help and accept it when it comes. I am praying for you.

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