WE HIDE our hurts for many reasons; and in the short term, this instinct might have some positive outcomes. For instance, we might be praying about something painful in order to discern the best next steps. But there is a difference between waiting and hiding.
Hiding our pain can lead to long-term emotional and physical problems. Hiding pain isolates us. It also keeps us from living into the fullness God intended. Jesus says, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, NRSV).
God does not want our lives to be muted by hidden pain. God wants abundance for us, and the world needs our free and powerful experience and expression of God’s love.
– devozine, March-April 2018
From “Hiding Pain” by Steve Matthews, pages 20-21 in devozine, the devotional lifestyle magazine for teens, March-April 2018. Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Where do you sense God is offering you abundant life? Share your thoughts.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God–not the result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9, NRSV
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This week we remember: John of God (March 8).
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