Not Your Average Bedtime Story
This weekend I went on a ministry trip with some of the ladies from Teen Challenge. We were doing three services at a church that was too far to drive to on Sunday morning and decided to head up the day before and sack out in the church. I always love my times with the ladies. It is during these casual times I get to really hear some of their stories; it is when I get to see them with their “guards” down; and sometimes I have the privilege of hearing about situations in their lives that offer clues as to what is really going on inside. This trip was no different. As I listened to one who had many broken dreams, betrayals, and devastating events which happened throughout her life; I thought to myself: “This sure isn’t your average bedtime story, PJ!” Ya know, it is so easy to look at the adult who has made some very poor choices, and forget there might be a hurting child trapped in a big adult body – a child that still needs to be healed.
It can be easy to judge the adult alcoholic, junkie, thief or prostitute; but, none of us have walked a minute in his or her shoes; nor, have any of us looked through his or her eyes of pain, rejection or failure… That does not mean each person should not be held accountable for his or her actions – taking responsibility is essential to overcoming struggles in each of our lives. That does not mean we “pity” the person – rather, we offer him or her the way out. And what is the way out? Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life! Only He can change a life as a person completely surrenders to Him. I have to stress this point: The change must come from the inside out! Surface fixes just don’t work; just don’t last.
One thing I love about ministering here at TC is that when it comes to these “stories”; once these stories are taken over by His-story; a New story is written… a story that turns a nightmare into a story with a very happy ending. Yes, there will still be struggles; yes, in life there can still be betrayals and heartaches… BUT, the characters in the new story have the author of their stories walking out each life scene. And the most amazing truth is, with Christ, who is the author and finisher of our faith, the story is never ending! #letChristwriteyourstory