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Takes One to Know One

God can use anyone He chooses.
Did you know Princess Diana resonated with lots of people?

I think I know part of the reason.

She knew what hurt and pain felt like.

During her funeral her brother spoke about it. He said he asked her why she always went to underdeveloped places in some parts of Africa. She told him it was because she knew how people who had very little, felt. Because of her life she also knew their hurt and pain and she wanted to help them.

It took one to know one.

I never forgot his words about her, because I often feel the way she felt. That's why she was called the people's princess. She knew people -- hurting people. She was drawn to them, because she felt them -- their spirit. That's what happens when we go through painful changes in life. That pain becomes part of our testimony and our fuel for living the life God has for us. It's for us to sense and feel the people in our sphere of influence. In other words, none of us is here by accident and nothing we have gone through was a mistake by God. We may have made a mistake, but God allowed it for a reason. 

One of my cries for the people is two-fold:
1.. To encourage hurting, pained, looked-over, dejected people (or at least the ones who feel that way) and to tell them that Christ died for them, He knows what they're going through, and He wants them to come to Him as they are, because He loves them.
2. To encourage the saints to continue their journey of being firmly rooted in Christ, to remind them that Christ died for them, He knows what they're going through, and He wants them to come to Him as they are (because some saints forget that when they have a misstep, Christ still loves and forgives them).

It's about knowing who we are (and can become) in Christ and who Christ is in us. Thus, Jesus is our source (He's the vine/shepherd and we're the branches/sheep) -- “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).

So, yes I identified with the public image of Princess Diana, because I believe I saw her pain and I respected what she did with it. She went to the depths of despair in the world to get to hurting people. And that's exactly what my purpose is too, in the name of Jesus.
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