Why do we go through trials? Why do wonderful things happen out of no where? I mean have you ever really stopped and asked – “Why??”  I think most of us have.  Why does *anything* happen to *anyone* for that matter? What is life even about? If you start asking “why did this happen?” then you are starting a train full of questions and theories and an open can of worms about life.  It all goes back to why are any of us here and why are we here together?  How is any of this worth anything if we all end in death? Where does it start and where does it end?  Why bother?

If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, you’re certainly not alone.  I am no theologian and I don’t claim to know the answers to life.  But I do have a theory that the answer is very simple, yet complex all at once.  Simply put “We are here to glorify God and be here for each other.”  God wants us to depend on Him, but He also wants us to depend on each other.   1 Peter 2:17 gives a great short answer.  “Honor everyone.  Love brotherhood.  Fear God.  Honor the emperor.”  I think that is pretty cut and dry, is it not?

We go through things so that we can have empathy for the next person, who will have empathy for the next, and the next, and so on.  Don’t be concerned with the beginning or the end – be concerned with the NOW.  Right now, is there anyone in your circle of life who is experiencing something that you have gone through personally that could use your guidance or just share stories?  What about you? Are you feeling like you need someone to talk to about what you’re going through?  Chances are, for every situation there is someone.

Life is short.  Very short.  Sometimes shorter than we want it to be… but we are all here together right now.  Turn yourself inside out and share your life.  Don’t hold it in and don’t be afraid to share.

2 Corinthians 1:4 – “Who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

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