Life: This is gonna hurt!
Remember the first time you were hurt?
I didn't ask if you had ever been hurt...I asked about your first time. First time implies not your only time. You have faced your share of hurts...right?
Family members let us down (or we only think they do...every one deals with stuff), lovers betray us, friends aren't too friendly, or we don't get the raise. Sometimes we hurt our self. We mess up, we don't follow through, or we don't always do our very best. Sometimes life in general does it to us; we get a ticket, we don't get all our money back on our income tax return, or we get sick. Like Norm said on the TV show Cheers, "It's a dog eat dog world out there and I got on milk bone under ware".
Jesus said that in this world you will have tribulation.
I would like to provide you three keys to "Healing Ancient Wounds." Take each key and work on it. That's how you hang high; you roll up your selves and begin to work on yourself. Hurts are healings dressed in work clothes.
I suggest you use a journal to work through your pain. Journals are powerful tools of transformation. You can look back and say: WOW that what I was going through; MAN that's where I was at. So grab a journal and discover your spiritual friend at the end of your pen.
Key #1: Reflection
Take your journal and begin to reflect on your pain. Now answer in detail these #3 questions and remember to take your time. It may take a day, a week, a month, or who knows how long? It will start a process where you begin to work on your stuff.
1. Who has hurt me throughout my life?
2. How have I hurt myself?
3. Why do I hurt now? What am I going through?
Inner healing, requires inner work. You have to dig inside so you can take out your inner trash.
You have to process your life...cuz your journey is unique and special to you. All your hurts contain a doorway to your healing. The pains of life can make you bitter or better. What you are trying to do is dig up the fallow ground of your heart. You are taking a deep look at your experience with hurt and pain.
Once you begin this process it is like peeling off the layers of an onion. Each layer takes you deeper and deeper. We have left many inner wounds unattended. That lack of care has allowed the wound to just reside inside you....never fully healed. That's why sometimes people can flip out fast. Remember the old saying: "Must Have Hit A Sore Spot" when someone gets extremely pissed? We carry sore spots and the tribulations of life hit that spot. Many of us are mad as hell and we don't even know why.