There are times when you go through something challenging. You’re downcast. People can tell.
They ask you if you want to talk about it. “Oh no,” you respond, “you’d never understand.” They say: “Try me.” So you share something about your struggle—just a little, not a lot. But it’s just enough for that other person to realize that they have been through something similar.
-If you’re dealing with a family issue, perhaps they tell you about a feud that they themselves had been through a few years ago.
-If you’re dealing with depression or anxiety, perhaps they tell you about their own experience in the dark place.
-If you’re dealing with doubts in your faith, perhaps they tell you about some questions they previously had and how they found some light at the end of the tunnel.
Because they’ve somehow “been there”—even if their experience was not one hundred percent the same—not only do you become more receptive to what they have to say, but they become motivated to help you because they know how bad it can be and how important it is to find a healthy way forward.
Proverbs 27:17 famously says: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Are you experiencing something difficult? Perhaps you need to talk about it with someone you trust—someone who may have been through something similar.
There are times when a shared sorrow leads to a shared solution.
–Today’s devotional is connected to my latest sermon based on Hebrews 2:5-18 and is called “Someone who’s been there.” Click here to watch or listen.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.