Peace family, where are you hurting in your life? My guess is that that’s where God is wanting to do some of his most powerful work right now, even if you don’t feel like it. You are learning, and God is using that experience not only to refine you into an even more beautiful soul and draw you closer to himself, but also to use you to make a difference to those around you.
One thing I have been thinking about lately, is how God enjoys using our areas of struggle to minister to those around us. When we choose to say “no,” to bitterness or unforgiveness and instead submit to God in the middle of our pains, struggles, and heartaches, it makes our hearts softer and more compassionate to those who also are hurting.
It does take effort, though. Besides being humble and teachable, willing to pray, digging into the Bible, and listening to wise counsel, we also must be vulnerable in order for others to benefit. We have to admit to those who look up to us that we don’t have all of the answers, but God does. It’s difficult to admit, but there is so much power in doing so!
Peace family, it often surprises me how a younger friend might come to me struggling with an issue the week after I have had to work through it. It’s not a coincidence; as God’s “hands and feet,” we are here to help and care for one another. All of this to say, if you are in the midst of a struggle, take heart! It won’t last forever, and it doesn’t have to be pointless. God can use it to do something beautiful and life-giving beyond your imagination. Anyway, just a few thoughts from your friendly, neighborhood Kat.