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Scars to Bridges

We’re all recovering from something…

For me, addiction took my little brother’s life and it sucks. I don’t get to hang out with him. I don’t get to joke with him. I don’t get to argue with him, I don’t get to grow old with him…no more brother.

Addiction is full of dark places and it’s ugly. We had to push through some gnarly times. And now, I have this knot…a hole in my gut. My mom can’t look at pictures of him. We still have to grind through some tough moments. Even on my best day, addiction still kicks me in the teeth.

I’ll have my scar forever.
I didn’t choose this. I wouldn’t choose this. But I got it – it’s mine.
Others have similar scars, and more people will get them.
Most of our scars aren’t visible, but they’re there.
Scars don’t carry a banner but they can pave the way to help others.
Scars do have value.

Scars to Bridges

The pain addiction causes can be uncomfortable to talk about.
I’m pretty quick to pull out my list of disqualifications for why I can’t help others:

I did this…
I screwed this up…
I jacked-up that relationship…
I’m not important…

I get it!

We still have doubts…
We still have struggles…
We still have questions…
We still hurt…

It’s okay not to be okay.

Unfortunately, this world gives us rewards for putting on the perception of perfection.  Thank goodness God looks at the heart. No matter how deep or dark our wounds, God’s grace and forgiveness are deeper.

Like it or not, your scars have equipped you…prepared you to walk with others who are going through the same grind – the same struggles – and the same victories. We might never know the impact our stories will have on others, and that’s okay.

Sharing stories to help someone through a moment isn’t something we have to do…we get to!

The healing process continues for us all…