Your Texts. My Respect.
On Sunday at Suncrest, we talked about how God doesn’t waste our experiences — the good, bad, and ugly. He actually wants to use them (even redeem them) in our stories to now serve someone else. To make sure we were connecting with the real stuff people have gone through, we (me at west campus…Andy Kaser at east campus) spent the last 15 minutes of the service responding to the various good, bad, and ugly things that people have in their stories.
To say we were overwhelmed at what people sent in might be the understatement of the year. We expected more bad than good, but my respect for all of our church grew immediately learning about just a slice of the “ugly” people in our church have experienced. I very much appreciate you being candid enough. Let me share just a sample of the texts (we got WAY more than we could have ever had time to talk about in each of the 4 services):
-Taking care of Mom for 30 years. Alzheimer now consumes her and wreaking havoc in my family
-Feel alone in my marriage
-Sexually abused leading to drug abuse
-Hardened heart from Divorce
-went bankrupt from bad decisions and bad timing
-Strained business partnership to point of possible dissolvement
-husband divorced me after 13 years…left me with 3 kids/no money
-child dealing with depression
-molested as a child
-Can’t find a job
-Cousin killed in Iraq
-I’ve mistreated too many people over the years.
-Loss of a child
-Cheating with the same sex
-No trust in men because of my father
-Dad was/is a drunk
-Car accident. I was driver and lived. Best friend died.
-Divorce, Suicide attempt
That’s not all of them, but you get the idea. In addition to this UGLY stuff, there were quite a few GOOD parts of stories shared too. My favorite part? I’m biased, but I loved the people who said finding Suncrest was the good in their stories.
I’ll put in the next post my best advice for responding to all of this pain/ugliness in our stories.