We can all think of an instance where someone revealing their difficult story has touched us. What if they never had told their story? What if you never tell yours? A good friend, who is a pastor, has a child who is a heroin addict. I'm sure he was tempted to hide his family problems from the church where he worked. He could have withdrawn socially and spiritually from the church and maybe someone would have asked about him, or maybe no one would have noticed as he and his wife drifted into isolation with their secret. But isolation rarely leads to anything good.
When God Doesn't Fix It
As we all know, telling our personal stories of struggle and pain can be dangerous. Fortunately, this minister realized he wasn't the only one going through a trial. Parents in his church and community were facing the same issues and needed the same kind of support he did. God used him and his willingness to share his pain to form a confidential support group for parents whose children were involved in destructive lifestyles. He wasn't shouting his story from a megaphone on a Sunday morning, and he wasn’t doing it in a way that would shame his child. He was privately sharing his suffering with those who needed to hear it most.