Our emotional experiences and expressions affect the people around us. This is as true for adults as it is for children. So what are you passing along?
Posts by Amy Simpson
Amy is the award-winning author of Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry, Blessed Are the Unsatisfied: Finding Spiritual Freedom in an Imperfect World, and Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission. She’s also an editor for Moody Publishing, a leadership coach, and a frequent speaker. You can find her on Twitter.
We can let our pain fool us into believing we are the only ones who have suffered. Or we can let it soften us and make us more open to others. We can let it make us more aware of what others need from us–and decide to respond in offering what we can.
God doesn’t promise that we will be satisfied in this life, nor does he expect us to be fully fulfilled by the experience of living in these tents. Instead, he enables us to choose contentment and to live in anticipation, knowing we have a better home ahead.
This hurting part of you does not have to remain barren and bleak. God specializes in bringing life to dried-up places and hope to defeated people.