Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.
My mom and I were chatting on the phone the other day and she brought up a verse that really struck a chord with me. James 5:16 says ” Therefore, confess your sin to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”
It really got me thinking about the movement that has been happening in today’s society when it comes to mental health awareness, social media, and people looking to relate to one another. When I read this verse I didn’t necessarily take “sins” as only things we have done wrong. But more like sharing our shortcomings with one another and praying for each other through it all.
I have learned in the last few years that whenever I am going through a struggle, even if it’s an embarrassing one, the best way to get through it is to share it. Talk about it. Too many people are trying to play the comparison game by only sharing their triumphs. While its great to celebrate we all need to understand that its okay to share struggles as well. You see when you try to constantly hide your short comings or struggles I truly believe that it allows them to grow bigger. They feed off of your fears and insecurities and before you know it you have fallen down a deep dark hole and it’s incredibly hard to get out of it.
However, if you start to shed some light on your issues with others you regain your power back. There is SO MUCH POWER in being able to say hey, I am struggling with this, I really could use your help or prayer. You would be amazed at how many other people may be going through something similar as well or who have experienced something similar in the past and may have some good insight for you.
Healing doesn’t happen by isolating yourself within your own sorrows and defeat. It happens when you get the courage to say it out loud, share it, and allow others to help walk you through it.
This is one shift I have noticed in the last few years of social media. I love when I see someone who chooses to share their heart with strangers. People who admit to not being okay or share a struggle and in the process gain a whole group of support while inspiring others at the same time. This is how God intended it to be. We weren’t made to be alone. We weren’t made to suffer alone. We were made to love one another, learn from each other, and share our struggles together.
I challenge you the next time you are facing an obstacle or struggle in your life….share it. Talk about it. Get it all off your chest. You will be amazed at how fast healing, knowledge, and comfort will come to you in your time of need.
Keep pushing through my friends!
We are stronger together!
The Maven Life