“How strange that we should ordinarily feel compelled to hide our wounds when we are all wounded! Community requires the ability to expose our wounds and weaknesses to our fellow creatures. It also requires the ability to be affected by the wounds of others… But even more important is the love that arises among us when we share, both ways, our woundedness.”
– M. Scott Peck
God intends for life to be difficult. Life is a battle and when in battle we get wounded. We learn best from adversity. Keeping our ship in safe harbor does not teach seamanship. We gain nothing. Bringing our ship into the sea and fighting the elements teaches us how to sail. When the ship is our soul and the sea is the trials of life, we use God’s Words as a guide to battle the waves of evil. In this storm, our soul gets strengthened and prepared for eternity with our loving God. Wounds, mistakes, even sin are part of the battle. Only by bringing these “weaknesses” out into the open can we correct and grow to be worthy of Heaven. A weakness is not to be hidden in shame. Revealing our weakness provides help from God, the Church, and our true friends.
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6