Read or reread Part I first. Sharing our experiences and hardships doesn’t make us better than others. It’s not BOASTFUL. You are essentially just showing the hungry where to find the bread. Sharing doesn’t give us the right to stand above or on top of people. It’s not meant to belittle people. Or to say, “well I experienced this, I did this, I did that.” It’s not about outdoing or showing off our accomplishments in the face of sufferings. It’s giving other people HOPE. It’s about giving people a chance. While we’re sharing with others, it’s imperative to just share, not fix. We’re not MECHANICs. As much as we think we can fix people, we can’t. The only way is to admit we aren’t in control, share our experiences, and not trying to fix people. God is the only fixer. He’s the only one that can truly change people. Whether it’s our bad habits or what, the ultimate goal shouldn’t be to “fix” someone. One thing that can be done on top of the aforementioned things, is to listen. Accept them and their sins. There’s power in listening to others. No talking, no judging. Have you ever went to someone, tried to open your heart to them, and they seem to insert their opinions too soon? A quiet, listening ear may be unfamiliar to people. If they’re in a controlling relationship or family pressures, people may not have the freedom to talk freely. Don’t be afraid to offer someone a listening ear. Accept them for who they are. Don’t try to be a MECHANIC and solve all of their problems. Just be there for them. Serve others by simply listening.
Powerless to Lifes’ Pains and Sufferings Part II
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