COVID-19 has taken a lot of things from us:
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Moments of significance like weddings, graduations, birthday parties, and funerals.
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Some of us have lost their jobs in this economy.
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Others have lost loved-ones to the disease.
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But it’s not like loss wasn’t an everyday part of life.
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The coronavirus has just focused our awareness of this reality.
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Over the course of our life, we will lose a lot of things.
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For example, during my senior year of college, I lost a romance I thought would last a lifetime.
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After I graduated, I lost my sense of belonging and purpose as I entered the “real world”.
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Then a couple months later, I lost my Dad in a car accident.
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Loss of any kind causes pain.
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But remember, God is present in your pain.
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And even if you can’t “feel” him, he’s there.
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So connect with him.
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And please don’t make pain your purpose.
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Rather, grow your purpose from your pain.
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It’s tempting to make pain our home or to use it as an excuse to hurt others.
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But you can be more than a victim or a victimizer.
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Believe or not, you have so much offer to the world.
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And it needs your help, whatever that means for who God made you to be.
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So take time to connect with God and others, find your healing, develop your purpose, and get out in the world.
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There’s no timeline on these things and there’s no perfect ending.
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It’s just a lifetime process of growth.
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If I can do it, then so can you.
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You got this.