In this week's episode, Hybels delves into the issue of sorrow. He starts the chapter with a story about a boy who has sorrow in his life, but has challenges dealing with it. It has been brushed under the rug by his parents and he grows up to bury it. I don't know about you, but there was one time in my life when I buried my sorrow too and I don't want anybody else to go through that. I had been hurt and betrayed by people I thought were very close to me and for years I protected myself from any future hurt or pain by not trusting people until they gave me a reason to trust them and I was still a little guarded. Let me tell you, that's not healthy. Now, it's the opposite, I trust people (within reason) unless there's a reason not to. And that has worked my better in my life and I would like to say, in the lives of the wonderful relationships I have today. So, if you're struggling in that or any area, know that with the Lord in your life, there is hope for brighter days. I couldn't do any of it without God. He was there to help me get through it all. And He will be there for you too. Call out to Him anytime.
The following are examples Hybels illustrates (pg 58 and 60, respectively) about the right and wrong ways to deal with sorrow.
The bottom line is that there are ways to deal with sorrow and to overcome it. And none of us should go through sorrow alone. Matthew 5:4 says, "blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. I hope and pray these words have been a comfort to all who need it. Be encouraged everybody.