Our grandson, who is two and a half sometimes says,…hurts. For a small child that hurt can be hugged and kissed and the child runs off to play, satisfied with the adults in their life’s response. For adults and young adults the cry of …hurts is sometimes never heard or worse, ignored, leaving them in more hurt and pain.
Hurt can be physical or emotional, both …hurts are important to the person suffering them, both …hurts need attention. Without attention they grow and fester, feeding on the fear of, what if? I’ve had both types of …hurts and they can both be devastating. Certainly some people use…hurts as a way of getting attention.
Last week my husband and I made our bi-weekly trip to our chiropractor’s office. While there I was explaining to him the pain I was having in my right shoulder, he had me do a series of motions to isolate the source of my pain. In this same manner, when someone we know says…hurts, we can and should isolate the source of their …hurts and do our best to help them, so that their …hurts does not snowball into a pain they cannot handle. I don’t mean medicate them into no where land, I mean help them to understand the…hurts and take the necessary steps to make it better.
Our lives should be lived for God, not just endured.