We hear it all the time, the phrase “I’ve got your back.” But do we really? Are we consistent in our prayers? Are we praying for those who are hurting or those who have lost hope? Are we talking to each other about the difficulties we go through? We all have down times and dark thoughts. Do we share those or hide them thinking they are unworthy of a Christian? What if we shared the dark times, telling others how God helped us through them, how He sustained us and how we grew during those times?
Often children think their parents have it all together. Perhaps we should discuss as a family the times God helped us; the miracles, what we learned, letting our children know how bad it really was. If they knew we struggled maybe they wouldn’t be so hard on themselves when their ‘grownup life’ was imperfect. Maybe they would understand that it's just part of life. Don't let people fool you, everyone goes through rough patches, even those whose lives look perfect are going through trials. It's normal and it is during those times we figure out what works, what is important to us, and what we really want from life.
Lets open up to each other, who knows what God will do with the knowledge and understanding gained from it. Maybe we should even start a group for others who have struggled or are struggling. Support is always good, aren’t we encouraged by Jesus to strengthen each other? Luke 22:32