By Chris Denning
Stories are absolutely everywhere. Any movie you’ve seen, any book you’ve read, any show you’ve watched; they are all filled with stories.
Stories motivate us, they drive us to be more, they help us heal, and even teach us how to live our lives. Jesus knew all this, which is why he used mini-stories, called Parables, to teach his disciples and those who could hear about His ideals for life.
While stories vary in quality or size, one fact remains true:
Everybody has a story.
Good. Bad. Big. Small. Funny. Tragic.
We all have a story.
For some people, our story is one we try to remember often, considering fond memories and days gone by.
For others, their story is one they’d rather forget ever happened, because the damage is deep and wide in their hearts.
Our stories are dictated and molded by the choices we make and the circumstances in which we reside. Some things we have control over, and others we do not, which is probably what makes it hard to come to grips with our stories sometimes.
In this series, Fracture: Finding Hope in the Pain, we’re going to directly address how to better understand our stories, in light of our choices, circumstances, and in the context of the greater story of God.
If you’re reading this and you know yours is one of those stories riddled with pain, I want to speak just to you for a minute:
I know its hard. I know it hurts. I know its dark. And I know there seems to be no light ahead.
I’ve been there. And the good news is that this is not your ending. This is where you are on your way to what’s next.
You are worth the struggle. You are worth the fight. You are worth the hope that Jesus died on the cross to bring you.
Over the next few weeks at Journey, we want to walk beside you as you begin to find that very hope. We want to help, because we have already seen the absolute Hope you’re desperate for. And it is good, and it is real.
Take a chance and come to Journey over the next few weeks, or watch these messages online. Take this one small step. I believe that God will meet you in your step of faith.
I’m praying for you right now. I’m praying for your hurt, your pain, your depression, your sting, your guilt, your numbness, all of it. I’m praying you gather the courage to take this step, and watch what God does with it.
We love you, God loves you, and I promise, you can find hope in your pain.