There is ministry in tears.
Broken to Minister – Damien Sneed & The Levites
I have cried during nearly episode of Being Mary Jane, Season 2 (BET). I’m talking boo hoo, ugly cried! In so many ways I connected with Gabrielle Union’s character, Mary Jane Paul. She’s extremely successful professionally but her personal life is a hot mess. Mary Jane smiles for the camera daily as a successful news anchor but behind closed doors she has a dysfunctional family and dates all the wrong men in search of The One. I am less than a month away from being 35 years old. I am proud of the fact that I’m a single mother, college educated, young professional, doing what I love. But I am also BROKEN by my past.
Watching Being Mary Jane, Season 2 reminded me of the baby that I aborted when I was college, my out-of-wedlock relationship with my son’s father, and my desire to have a planned pregnancy with a man who loves me enough to give me his last name. Mary Jane’s on again and off again relationship with her ex boyfriend David reminded of the all the exes that I tried to fix or fit into the mold of what I thought I wanted not necessarily what I needed. Being Mary Jane also reminded that my struggles were not in vain. My tears reminded me of my purpose, to motivate and encourage others.
Every obstacle, every tear, every heartbreak has provided an opportunity to encourage someone else. I am not the abortion that I had in my twenties, I am forgiven! I am not defined by being a wife or the perfect daughter/sister, I am daughter of the KING! I am not my family, I am a curse breaker!
The reality of life is that all of us are affected my hard times and disappointments, those hard times and disappointments may look different for each of us. What matters most is how we deal with them on the other side. I challenge you to share your a personal story of something that you overcame with a few people this week to encourage them. No one wants to hear your woe is me, pity party but really reflect on how your life has changed for the better. And in the meantime, it’s ok to cry, scream, run 3 miles in the rain (am I getting to personal)! Your tears are not in vain, there is ministry in tears.