Friday, June 02, 2006

The Inner Journey

When we look inside, we'll often see pain. We can appear happy on the outside but unhappy inside due to past hurts such as sexual abuse. We need to take a hard look at ourselves. If we're courageous enough to do so we're going to see hurt and pain.

Each of us has a story of pain- a story that needs to be told, listened to, prayed over and cried about. There are men who have a hard time seeing that they were disappointed that their dad never entered their life.

When we look inside, we'll also see some anger. We're self-centered, and we want to use people to make us feel better. We want to use possessions to make us happier. When our will is thwarted we are angrier than ever.

We all want to feel good quickly, because we all have pain. We're all committed to finding ways to avoid inner pain. But if we can explore our pain and give up self-protection, we can know joy. The honesty of others about their struggles and weaknesses along the journey help us avoid the ditches of depression and ruts of confusion. Our honesty revives hope in others.

2 Corinthians 6:10
Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.


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