Hurt to Heal

“…Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body.’…” (Mark 14:22)

UP Gym.

I stood before the UP Fighting Maroons, the basketball team of my alma mater, and delivered an inspirational talk about not giving up and fighting for your dreams.   

It was the irony of ironies. Why do I say that?

You see, more than a decade ago from that day, I also stood inside the same gymnasium, with head bowed down, as I made a difficult decision — to walk away from my dreams of basketball stardom. I quit. Left the team. Indulged in my vices.

That was the reason why, some years back, I found it quite unbelievable when I received a phone call from the coach of the UP Maroons asking me to speak before his team about — of all topics — “not giving up on your dreams”.

Today’s gospel reminds me of this experience. I realized that more often than not, God will use your hurt to heal. He will use your brokenness to make others whole. He will use your pain so that others may gain.

Just like Jesus.

His body was broken so that it can be given away. His stripes healed our wounds. His pain gained us eternal life.

“…Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body.’…” (Mark 14:22)

So must we who choose to follow him.

Rick Warren, author of the book “Purpose Driven Life” once said:

“Your greatest ministry will come from your greatest pain”.

No wonder the abused woman now runs a ministry for abused women. The former drug addict now preaches against drug addiction.  The former alcoholic now regularly counsels alcoholics.

No wonder I do what I do today. I preach to mend broken dreams. To ignite washed-out hopes. To strengthen weakened knees. Exactly because I knew how it felt to have his dreams broken, his hopes washed-out and his knees weakened.

How about you? Are you going through some kind of pain? Have you just gone through a difficult ordeal?

I challenge you. Maybe God is preparing you for your greatest ministry. Use your brokenness to mend others. Use your wounds to heal others. Use your hurt to heal.

And allow others to gain from your pain.

Fully healed by God’s love,

Bobby

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