Some of the storms in our lives are simply out of our control, but others of them we have caused ourselves. What we do with those hard times is how we can learn to make the most of our mistakes/trials/troubles. What we do with them can become our ministry.
In my Wednesday night ladies' class, we have been studying how our mistakes can be used to minister to others. Although I had written last week and studied the lesson both last week and this week, it wasn't until looking at it for the final time yesterday that this verse seemed to jump out at me. I've enlarged the part that jumped.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Do you see that?! God comforts us in our troubles SO THAT we can comfort others in the same way. There's another reason for the trials we go through! It is so that we can help others! It's so that we can share His love with others! It's to bring us closer to someone!
Yet, often times we're afraid to use our trials for good. Sometimes we don't want to bring up those painful times because...well, they're painful. Maybe we still feel guilty about them. Maybe we don't want to think of the rough times. Maybe we're content just in our own little world where we don't have to acknowledge the past. But sometimes God wants us to get out of our comfort zone. Sometimes someone else needs us to share. Sometimes we are missing out on an opportunity to share Jesus with others because we're afraid. Let's get bold! Let's get brave! Let's comfort others with the same comfort we, ourselves, received!
God wants us to make the most of our mistakes. That's the end goal - to learn from them, to grow because of them, and to help others. In doing so, our mistakes will become our ministry. That's how we make the very most of those mistakes, troubles, and trials....using them to help others.