The world needs your beautiful light.

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And most important, I’ll choose to believe that sometimes the happiest ending isn’t the one you keep longing for, but something you absolutely cannot see from where you are.
Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet

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I’ve been there, too.

That moment where you just don’t care about anything.  And you feel terrible.  And everything is crap.

Even though nothing happened, and you were doing pretty good, but now, out of nowhere, you just want to quit and cry and give up and stop.

I’ve been there, too.

You wonder if you’re just a freak - well, you used to wonder, now you’re convinced it’s true.  And you think there’s got to be something wrong with you.  And surely other people don’t feel this way, don’t get like this, don’t have these problems.

I’ve been there, too.

And it feels like maybe if you were a better person, or a better Christian, or holier, or something, you wouldn’t have moments like this.  Problems like these.  You’d just be happy or joyful - or something - but definitely not like this.

I’ve been there, too.  

But because I’ve been there, too, I can tell you a secret: this isn’t the end.  This isn’t the last word in your life.  Or my life.  And we aren’t alone.  The Bible is full of people just like us.  And they’d tell you.

I’ve been there, too.

Moses has been there. And Elijah has been there. And David has been there. And Peter has been there.   And we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.  The heroes of the faith who felt discouraged and ashamed and afraid and stupid and like giving up.  Heroes not because they constantly felt joyful.  Not because they didn’t struggle.  But because, in spite of those struggles, they chose to trust God one more time. And so, wherever they were, they took that one next step. And through that, God changed the world.

And here they are. Cheering us on. As we struggle to take that one next step, do that one next thing, face that one next hour.  

And we do that for a reason.  So that, one day - soon - we can be there for a person who is hurting, and questioning, and struggling.  And, in that critical moment, we can tell them.

I’ve been there, too.