Tonight I had the privilege of sharing with a group of people…. I told my story! Just a little bit of the crazy story; the story of my experiences while loving people who are affected by addiction. It’s always kind of scary, talking in front of a group and being transparent. Sharing the areas of your life that you want to keep secret from everyone. I always wonder…..what should I talk about? But then, I remember, my story is, well, my story, so sharing about my experience is easy, and when I begin with “how it was” and continue into “how it is now”, it’s most important to me that someone….anyone, will find some hope.
Hope is a crazy thing…we all want to hope for the best but while in the despair of certain circumstances, any circumstances beyond our control, it’s so hard to see. It doesn’t matter the circumstance, whether it’s illness, financial problems, addiction, or any other problem Hope is like asmall dim light at the edge of darkness that slowly begins to illuminate our situation, and somehow we begin to think there is a chance of something different. It’s a destination from despair to….. maybe things can be different.
So what did I learn tonight? If you allow Him to, God will use the crazy, shameful, bad, embarrassing events of your life and turn them into something good. What do I mean by that? I’ve found that most people believe that they are the ONLY ones going through something painful, maybe even awful. Because their belief is that, no one else could possibly be dealing with “this”, the tendency is to want to hide, hide from other’s and hide the details. But, if we are brave enough to talk about it, especially if we have made it through the dark times, we just may find that our experience will bring someone else hope. Someone who is desperately seeking anyone to understand their pain. I know this because of my experience and of course…because the bible tells me so (yep, that’s a kid’s song), Roman’s 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Hope is a small word, for such a big feeling. A small word, just like that small glimmer of light that begins to illuminate and grow into something bigger. “HOPE CHANGES EVERYTHING!” Share it, don’t hide your glimmer of light from others. They need to hear it….
- They need to know how you began to do things differently, and your’ life got better. They need your wisdom
- They need to know that when you gave your life to Jesus your outlook on life changed….for the better!
- They need to know that they are not the only one who’s husband, wife, children, mother, father, etc. are dealing with an addiction problem.
- They need to know that you found peace even when your financial situation was bleak….and you lost your home.
- They need to know that you once dealt with an addiction and found the power to break that hold on your life. Whether it is a program like AA or the power of God….or both….they need to know.
- They need to know that you survived cancer (or some other health issue) and are here today. They need to know what got you through.
Share people! Don’t hide! You will find “HOPE” and more importantly God will use YOU to help someone else get to that place of hope….
If you’re in need of some glimmer of light, seek hope, ask for help, first from God, then second from someone who’s dealing with what you are dealing with.
Finding Hope….It’s a destination…..and we all need a guide. Will you be someone’s guide?