This past weekend I came down with a nasty cold. I mean, NASTY! Coughing, aching, fever, stuffy nose, congestion…the works! All I could think about was getting sleep and taking care of me. In fact, I couldn’t focus on anything else but me!
Me. Me. Me. Me…ick!
During these awful past few days of focusing on “me” I realized something. When I hurt, my focus draws inward. I get very self-absorbed. This is especially true when I’ve been emotionally wounded.
Does this ever happen to you?
There’s nothing wrong with being self-focused sometimes. In fact, it’s necessary at different times in our lives (as in my case of the nasty crud). But, I’ve learned over the years that the best cure for emotional wounds is to look past myself. I have to look beyond the hurt of what is happening in my life, and see the needs of others.
When I do, something lifts, my focus shifts, and what was once monopolizing my every thought begins to come into a proper perspective. This is true of when we set our minds on the Kingdom of God. Jesus teaches us, “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. (Matthew 6:33, AMPV) “These things” include emotional healing.
This weekend several friends and I are visiting a women’s addiction recovery facility, with Inspire Women’s Ministry of Charlotte. This will be our third visit with the 65 to 70 women there that are currently recovering from painful addictions and emotional wounds. I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this time with them, and to be a part encouraging them in their journey to heal.
Are you focusing on an emotional wound today? Isn’t it time to look past your pain?