I was sitting in an office at Hope Rescue Mission interviewing a resident. He had lived years of his young life dealing with addiction and crime, illness and death. After listening to his story, he mentioned that he was enrolled in the local community college.
I asked what he was taking.
“Addiction counseling and social work” he said, “I just thought I could give back, you know?”
His life had shifted.
In the midst of suffering, we feel thrown off the path. The way becomes blurry. Questions that were easy now present problems. Cooking dinner, at the end of the day, looks like a doctoral thesis.
Our pain points are our compass. They are construction signs better than any orange cones on the highway.
They are God’s arrows showing us the way to go.
The trick is to keep moving. How could you give back? What fires have you braved that you could help others put out? How can you turn the emotions into life for someone else who may be in the midst of the same?
We have a choice. No matter how deep in the darkness, we always have a choice.
Your first step towards reclaiming faith and life in action is seeing a new target and new purpose. It can be the light you need for the next chapter of the journey.