Way deep down in the recesses of my heart, I secretly suspect there are those who don’t struggle with relationships, who are just gifted emotionally with the ability to relate, serve, communicate, and empathize. Furthermore, this well-hidden tribe of super friends, spectacular parents, and awesome spouses naturally attracts fabulous acquaintances and loved ones to themselves like my attic attracts wasps. And these people live life in a fairy tale world that comes without any pain, suffering, or awkward confrontational exchanges. There might even be a mythical creature involved here or there.
This bizarre fantasy of mine isn’t real, I don’t think. After all, I see what people post on Facebook and Twitter in moments of frustration. I know the pain of those I’ve counseled and had tea with. My own heart wounds as often as it is wounded. As long as we’re talking about relationships and people, we’re talking about sin. Even those of us who love the Lord dearly, have believed on Jesus Christ, and have confessed our sins and repented… even we are being sanctified progressively. Little by little, we are being made holy–set apart for God’s own purposes.
Usually, my sanctification is painful and involves something I’ve done to harm someone I love, or something someone I love has done to harm me. Just sayin’….. [Read more…]