After the Storm

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I live in Houston, Texas.  If you have followed the news for the past couple of weeks, you know that Houston and the surrounding area was greatly affected by Hurricane Ike.  As we have dealt with the aftermath of this storm, I have looked for lessons that can be learned from what we are experiencing.  One of the many things that I got from this was the importance of putting things back in order after the storm.  Right now, as I am typing this, some people are still without power, some schools and businesses are just now re-opening, the clean-up of debris is not yet complete….but people are working hard to repair the damage.  This state of “restoration” caused me to think about our own lives as we encounter our personal storms.  What do you do after the storm in your life has subsided?  Do you pick up and go on like it never happened or do you try your best to repair the damage it did to you.  In my humble opinion, if we truly want to have a good and peaceful life, we will work to “restore” our lives following the storm.  Something significant did happen to you and if you truly want to be well again, you must address what happened and then move on.  After Hurricane Ike, we have been forced to clean our refrigerators, remove debris, and repair damage.  Can you imagine how chaotic our lives would continue to be if we didn’t clean up after the storm?  When you face the trials of your life, in the aftermath, be sure to “clean-up” and work towards the “restoration” of you.  This process, undoubtedly, should include you going to God and asking for His help and guidance.  We all want to be whole again…and we must do the work that it takes.

Time doesn’t heal all wounds…

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Recently, I realized that while the passing of time is sometimes effective in helping us to heal emotionally, that there are occasions in which time really doesn’t heal our emotional wounds.  How often have you had a situation that happened in your past creep up into your present and cause a disruption to your day?  It happens.  The reason that so many of us still deal with past hurts is that we have never resolved what we experienced back then.  For example, let’s say that you felt betrayed by a loved one five years ago.  You have tried to forgive and forget, but every now and then, you feel the pain of it and that pain interrupts your relationship with them once again.  Why does this happen?  It’s because you never truly worked through the feelings of betrayal you experienced.  You can’t expect just to pick up and move on with your life like nothing ever happened and hope that time heals the wound.  You must actively work on trying to address, resolve and ultimately heal from the wounds that have negatively impacted your life.  Some of us have experienced things as children that still hurt us today.  Twenty years or more have passed and you are still dealing with it!  If you want to be healthy emotionally, you have to reach a point where you decide that you are tired of dealing with the same ole stuff and that you want a permanent healing from it.  To resolve or address your issue(s), you might have to pick up the phone and call a loved one who hurt you or spend some serious time alone in meditation and prayer or even make an appointment to see a psychotherapist or minister to help you sort through your life experiences.  Whatever you decide to do—do something!  Life is really too short to continue to deal with the pain of your past.  Deal with it now—and after you have done what you need to do to heal, leave your past pain in the past and go forward in your life—renewed and strengthened!

Not as bad as it could have been…

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Thank God for His mercy.  Hurricane Gustav made landfall and it was far less destructive than what had been predicted.  We serve a merciful God.  For those who were affected most, I just know that He will enable them to rebuild their lives.  And for those who were spared, we thank God and hope that His kindness and mercy will lead more people to improve their relationship with Him.