Devotional 8/16

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

Compassion without action is just observation.

Life happens while we are busy making plans… and that lack or loss of control creates in us a certain level of grief. Without a doubt, I believe everyone has gone through some level of trauma in their life. Even when it is beneficial for us to let go of something-

  • we may not have it in mind so it: shocks us (death, betrayal, break up, etc)
  • we may not want to give it up so it: leaves us with frustrated questions or anger (being laid off from a job, having a miscarriage, a pet running away, etc)
  • or we may simply see that it’s time to let go: and makes us sad or depressed (having to change churches, needing to give up a position or lifestyle, changing majors, etc)

Nobody is prepared to deal with trauma (shock, anger, or depression) but there is hope that we can all learn to cope with it in a healthy way. We can also learn to accept life for what it is and not see it with the same eyes we did when overcoming and healing from trauma. The truth is that life is not as bad as we feel it is: things could be worse, and as bad as it seems it will get better.

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God has been right all along, we all have mental problems! We all need a mind renovation, reprogramming, shift, transformation, renewal… whichever word you’d like to use it simply means CHANGE! Change of every kind revolves around some grief. Even letting go of what we believed can be quite painful. I saw this lady from one of my old jobs who was homeless. About 4 years ago, she was so depressed and came by my shop on a daily basis to get free food. Her greatest grief was being in her late 30’s with nothing to show: recently laid off, single with no kids, having left an abusive relationship, losing her father and having no healthy family connections. She felt that she was in a boxing ring, and she kept getting knocked out by life: she didn’t have any more strength to keep fighting. I would spend time counseling her and showing her unconditional love, even though I had my own battle with bitterness and depression. But when I saw her today, I could tell she was different. She wore a nice pink dress, which was drastically different from how she carried herself in the past.

She recognized me and hugged me. We were so excited to see each other; she was still a writer, now working in Public Relations. During the conversation she stopped and held my hands saying ‘there should be more people like you in the world. You’re truly a nice person, you don’t pretend to be nice, you care’. It makes me so happy to know that her life has turned around and she is doing what she loves.

The Lord God allowed me to see her as a reminder that He works all things for good. And that even when we feel that our work is in vain, He is working it into His good plan. He places people in our lives so that we help them in any way we can, whether we realize we are making a difference or not.

Let’s pray:

Lord God, wash our eyes clean to see that all things work for our good, and even what the enemy means for harm us for our good and the good of others. Purify our hearts from bitterness, and give us the steadfast faith we need to continue believing. I pray for the purity and restoration of our souls, given that most of us have experienced trauma at some point in our lives. May we continue to serve with love, dedication and zeal as we wait for your return king Jesus. I pray this for all your sons and daughters, in Jesus name, Amen.

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