What I Appreciate About Artsymom, Day 3

For you to get where I’m coming from on this one, you need to know a few things.

  • Sarah is in a small group with my wife and I…and we have an awesome group! Our group has experienced life together pretty intensely together in the last year – sharing each other’s joys, sorrows, victories, and losses. There is very little that happens in our lives that we don’t share with the people in our group.
  • My wife and I have been through some pretty intense struggles in the last few years, and so has Sarah. It’s something we have in common. It’s good to be able to share with others who have been through something similar.
  • When you go through personal, marital, or other major turmoil in your life, especially in Christian circles, there will always be sideline observers who don’t understand your actions. They hear the 30-second version of the story, but they don’t really understand the context, the emotions, the process, the heartbreak, or the 5,000 conversations and action steps that brought you to this point.

Therefore,

I appreciate the way Artsymom has squarely faced adversity in her life.

She didn’t hide from it. She didn’t bury her head in the sand. She didn’t just look away or bury it under the rug. She didn’t play the victim. She didn’t use it as an excuse to withdrawl from life and from ministry. She didn’t blame God and use the occasion as a reason to fall away from Him. She dealt with it head-on and square-in-the-face. With godly counsel from others. And time. And prayer.

You can tell a lot about a person’s character by the way he or she responds to adversity. Sarah has done it well. Nobody’s perfect – we all have things we’d like to do better or differently – but the important thing is that we learn and grow through these experiences – and stay close to God through the process. I really admire the way Sarah has done it.

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