Ready to Turn the Page? – At the Movies

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I’ve had many conversations with teenagers and young adults about the difficulties they experienced growing up. I relate to them because I understand that their pain came at a time when they were defenseless. Not everyone is blessed enough to have caring people to pull them out of the darkness early in life. “I remember when I was afraid. Oh, the hand I felt lead the way. For the first time in my life, I felt safe. Now that I’m older, would you lead me again?” Thankfully, I was blessed to have people whose compassion introduced me to Jesus.

In one of the clips played this weekend, the mother, Melina, tells Natasha the story of the mouse born in the cage. Her story is heartbreaking. When you live in the darkness long enough, you start to believe that’s all there is for your life. Natasha responds with, “But you’re not a mouse, Melina. You were just born in a cage, but that’s not your fault.”

Galatians 4:19
Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.

In a conversation I had  a few weeks ago, I mentioned that what happened to my friend in their childhood wasn’t their fault, and it wasn’t fair. It is now their choice to keep their story on the same page or to move forward believing God has something greater for them.

There is an answer to everyone’s hurt.  Choosing to find the light in your future can help you to deal with your past.

John 12:46
“I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.”

How do you show compassion to others? Did you have people in your life who showed compassion to you?

Next Steps:
Don’t ignore hurting people. Pray for them, offer them guidance, and listen to their story. Invite them to a life-changing church. If you’re one of those hurt people, find a community of Christ followers. Take GrowthTrack to help lead you to your purpose.

Dear God, I am reminded of how blessed I am to be part of a fantastic story each day. Thank you for showing me that I was never forsaken. Allow me to do my best to help those who are lost and hurting to find their way back to you. Amen.

This post was written by Jaron Camp. Jaron is a storyteller and a professional ghostwriter who enjoys using his gifts to write for the LivingItOut. When he’s not developing fictional worlds, researching, and writing, Jaron enjoys watching sports, participating in family game night, and spending time with his wife and four kids.

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