Grief has matured me.
I have been in full-time ministry for 29 years and if you asked me what has caused me to grow the most, you might be surprised. Certainly, in the midst of my own failings, struggles, heartaches and pain, I have been shaped by God into the man I am today. However, I have grown most by walking through pain with others. As a pastor, I have walked with hundreds of families through grief as they struggled with the death of loved ones. Instead of trying to live in an “emotionally neutral” heart posture in self-protection, I have decided to weep with those who weep and enter into their lament. Every circumstance is different, but the result has been the same – I come out of that experience more thankful and richer. My soul has become enriched by hearing the stories of others, my compassion has grown deeper, and my resolve to live life with Jesus, stronger.