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August 31, 2017

Don’t Advertise Your Suffering

“Don’t cast your pearls before swine.”
(Jesus of Nazareth)


There are two things people do that almost universally put people off, and I’m afraid I am guilty of both: Bragging too much about their kids, and complaining too much about their suffering.


This isn’t to say we shouldn’t brag on our kids every once in a while, and we’re definitely not endorsing keeping your personal suffering stuffed inside.


In truth, talking about our suffering is a necessity, if we want to live, and even grow, through it. But we have to be careful in selecting when and to whom we share; we cannot simply advertise our suffering to anyone and everyone and expect to receive support from others and healing from within ourselves.


This is why God made best friends, and our closest loved ones, and counselors. It is NOT why God made Facebook, or Twitter, or Snapchat.


In this week’s Pauses, we’ve Acknowledged, Appreciated, and Admitted our part in our suffering. Today we commit to sharing, but not broadcasting, our pain.


Who can you talk to, today, about your struggle?


Peace begins with pause,



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