Jamie TVWM wrote: "In the same way, when you lean hard into the gifts that God his given you and when you pour your might, spirit, and heart into those gifts, then you reflect beautifully on your Father in heaven.
You get to lay it all out there! And then remember that Shame and Pride have lost their place in your world - You are simply your Father's son. "
I lean into pain.
- Wednesday morning on the steps of the courthouse, waiting with friends for their divorce proceedings to begin (later postponed due to the other party not coming).
- That night another struggling.
- This week a colleague has been out searching for our new students--stories of pain and struggle--the one with no parents, yes, we're taking her for sure.
- Tonight a call--a sister hurting, mom feared for her life last night when dad beat her. Now she's bringing mom to her city, courageously doing what she can, yet hurting.
Not sure I fully live this yet. Too much insecurity and wondering. And then also too much pride and shame.
Yet...I've also backed away from some pain in recent months. What's with that?
Don't know how this "I lean into pain" idea popped into my head, but it fits--the life I live and the work I do...lean in, to join with others in the pain, help find healing, relief... Perhaps it also fits the attitude I need to adopt in facing this other pain.
I want to live this more and more. I need to really lean in, to enter into some of the even closer pain, quit pulling back, quit flinching.
I'm my Father's daughter. I'm meant to lean in.