Honesty Is Healthy And Purposeful
I periodically go see a professional counselor and make sure I process my pain honestly with those I feel I can trust. The truth is not everyone can be trusted with your honesty. Someone who doesn’t know your heart can be very quick to judge your heart. However, we all need a safe place to share our burdens, fears, failures, and pains. Confession may not fix everything, but it’s still healthy to process your toxic emotions.
I’ll be the first to admit that even in most of my writings readers only get the edited version. Not everyone can handle hearing the preacher say that he is going through Hell. That just about every minute of my life I’m uncomfortable and in pain. That if I didn’t have faith in God and love for others I would be doped up day and night. That its simply all I can do to get out of the bed each day. And that my misery is wearing me down daily.
That said, I know someone reading this right now needs to know they aren’t alone in their suffering. That someone does understand how ongoing pain can be paralyzing and life altering. That it saddens your heart how your struggle affects your loved ones and your ability to live out your hopes and dreams. Trust me, I understand how it feels to constantly pray while feeling nothing is changing.
My encouragement to you is don’t give up hope. Keep praying, keep the faith and keep sharing your journey with others. Those who are meant to understand will. Those meant to be encouraged will be through your honesty and faith. Know that what you’re going through in Christ is never the end of your story. It’s just a chapter in your God story that’s not over yet.
(Philippians 1:6)(NLT) And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
(Philippians 2:13)(NLT) For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.