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Topic: Sad (07/26/07)
TITLE: A Catalyst for Change- A Devotion on Sadness
By Tina Dane
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"Sorrow is better than laughter because a sad face is good for the hear"t. Ecclesiastes 7:3
Sadness reveals the human side of us...it digs down deep into our soul and hits the bullseye of our true feelings. And unlike happiness it leaves more of a lasting mark...that however is what can make sadness a good thing. What is it that makes people happy anyway? A sunny day, a good long bike ride, and afternoon with the grand kids, a promotion at work. These happy moments in and of themselves are pretty inclusive. In their finality what you have is a nice tan, a good workout, some really happy memories and maybe a bigger paycheck. And There is absolutely nothing meaningless in this. Happiness is good. Jesus himself said that He came that "we might have life and have it in abundance". But what makes me sad?...the latest statistics from a third world country that says 1 in 5 children will die of starvation, the argument I had with my spouse, the death of my mother, the sin I just committed. These events though sad can also be catalysts for change. Change in ourselves, in the world around us, in our church, in our small group. Sadness has a purpose much more profound than a few tears or an afternoon spent in a pity party. People in history have used their sadness to reach out and make a difference. For instance, MADD (mothers against drunk driving); AA ( Alcoholics Anonymous); World Vision; Compassion International; drug abuse and spousal abuse programs on the national level. Most if not all of these pretty much started with one persons sad moment in history. There are scores of people who in their sadness have reached out so that the sadness was not in vain. Sadness is good for the heart because it opens it up to the world around us and we see something other than ourselves and ironically enough the sadness is overcome when we reach out to others and share the effects of our sadness with them....it encourages us to heal and it helps others. The flip side of that is........well, happiness! It is only when we allow the sadness to remain dormant in us that we become useless.
I do not believe there to be anyone on this earth more full of sadness than our Lord and Savior as he was praying and weeping drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsamane the night before His death...the night of His betrayal...the night His closest and dearest friends deserted Him. Is there no greater amount of sadness one human being could experience? And this sadness was caused by the sins of men and yet for them, He still went to the cross. Jesus knew that the sadness in him was momentary and would ultimately be used for the Glory of God. Jesus has experienced our sadness and that is why we can go to him in full confidence that He will bring us through it..and allow God to use it to further His kingdom.
If we take a walk down memory lane to those times in our lives filled with sadness what would we find? Would we find change? Would we find growth, both emotionally and spiritually? In fact while you're walking down that memory lane how many more Sad moments do you remember versus the happy ones? An even more thought provoking question is..which ones would you keep? Which moments in your life led you down a path of discovery, of great insight and healing? Everything has a purpose...even sadness.
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