Mess to message. Have you ever thought about how our past experiences, for good or bad, can actually transform into a form of encouragement or a life lesson in our present, for us and for others? My Dad used to call these “lessons of life,” and I went on to use the same phrase and concept with my own kids. It’s usually hard to believe anything positive will come out of a difficult situation when we’re in the midst of it, but if we can strive to learn and apply the lesson, it can transform our lives.
Here’s your Saturday inspiration…
“I encourage people to let go of their past,
but never to run from it.
The only way to gain victory over the pain of our past
is to let God walk us back through
that doorway of pain and into victory.
No one can achieve victory for us;
we have to work out own salvation.
We have to let God take us through things
and let Him work in us
so our mess becomes our message.
Difficult things that we have endured in our past
prepare us for God’s blessings in our future.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
I know this process is real, as I’ve experienced it many times in my life. I’ve had many messes in my life that have become messages to share with others!
The best physical analogy I can think of regarding pain leading to victory is my thumb surgery last year. It was painful, it required a long recovery, yet that process was necessary to alleviate the pain of the advanced arthritis, bone spurs, and bone fragments in the base of my thumb. I had to go through that process to regain full use of my thumb, and use it without pain.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Have you experienced “lessons of life” that transformed your messes to your messages? Do you agree that pain eventually leads to victory?