For most of my adult life I have struggled with one major issue. (Disclaimer…there are many minor ones as well 🙂 ) I have yet to triumph over it. There are glimmers in the distance future…it will be something that I can turn into my testimony. This might sound a bit off to some, but I believe that God gives us something to work on in our lives…something that we can overcome and use for helping others. It can be in the areas of addiction, relationships, finance, and even sickness.
I have seen this in reality so many times. People go through unbearable life challenges…and for some it’s crippling. The ones that get through it, with some extra insight, are people that can be a tremendous help to others who are struggling with the same issue. Just think of those friends and counselors who have that extra depth in some areas…it is quite often because of personal experience. Struggling through something and growing through it. Their help is invaluable.
The key to this all is transparency. Many of us don’t admit to what we are struggling with, or what we have struggled with. We are ashamed of it. We don’t want people to know. We are afraid of gossip. How can someone know to come and talk to us? I think that being open and honest is something we can challenge ourselves with. Let’s not be afraid of our problems, but be willing to talk. Ask questions and be willing to share what we have gone through. Be it something shameful or embarrassing. There is always someone out there asking the same questions and looking for answers.
Turn your test into your testimony…