Hurt. I see it everywhere. No, really, I mean EVERYWHERE. It's really all you hear about in the songs on the radio, in books, in movies; the list goes on. It seems like everyone is hurting, no matter who they are. And, usually, the ones who are hurting the most are the ones who seem to have it all together. Now, it's funny, because everyone seems to take a different approach to dealing with their hurt. They either lock it up inside, like some wild animal, and try to throw away the key. Other people try to drown it out. They think that if they can just find the right job, the right hobby, or the right significant other, things will be okay again. Other people just give up, thinking life is too hard, and some even believe the lie that ending the precious flame they call their life is the answer. Well, if you're here today, and you fall into one of these categories, I'm going to tell you something that you might not like to hear all that much. Pain will never go away. The wounds will never completely stop hurting. Your broken heart will never completely mend again. But, maybe, that's not such a bad thing. We tend to think of pain as the "ultimate evil," when it is, in fact, sometimes, the greatest good. The problem is not so much the pain itself, but what it is that you are doing with it. Inside of every human heart, there is a hole that only one thing can fill. That's why, so many years ago, a great Redeemer came to this planet to have His heart broken in order to start mending ours. He knows exactly what it feels like to hurt, and He's in the business of making all things new; broken hearts included. So, take your pain to Him, and allow Him to fill that hole in your heart and use your pain to paint the most beautiful picture you've ever seen. Stop trying to find your identity in what you can do or in who thinks you're special. Find your identity in the One Who gave it to you. Broken hearts are not always a bad thing. After all, the cracks are where the light gets through.
Everything will be okay in the end, If it's not okay, then it's not the end.