God, sometimes, allows us to go through the mess of life in order to certify our testimony. What do I mean? Well, God allowed you to hop from bed to bed because He needed your voice to save those, in this season, who are headed down the same path. God needed you to sell the drugs and run the streets because now you can relate to those brothers who are walking through the doors of your church. God allowed you to suffer in the ministry because now, after thirty years of preaching, you can help that young preacher who is about to give up. God needs your voice of circumstance in order to help that one who is running from the call on their life. God needs your voice of how you overcame abuse in order to tell your coworker how to make it out. God needs your voice of surviving prison in order to stop somebody from making the same mistakes. God needs your voice of how your marriage made it through adultery. God needs your voice of how you survive alcoholism/drug abuse. God needs your voice of how you got your GED at 30. God has need of you and the mess you’ve been through.
Beloved, your suffering isn’t just for you but it is for somebody who probably isn’t even born yet. Ma’am, your suffering isn’t about you but it is for that young lady in your church. Sir, your suffering isn’t about you but it is for those young men who are watching you and you don’t even see them. Your suffering isn’t for you but it is to show your daughter how to make it through when it shows up at her house. Your suffering is for your son to see how hard work pays off. Your suffering is for the child, down the street, who specifically speaks to you because there is something, inwardly, drawing him/her to you. Your suffering is setting the stage to snatch somebody else out of theirs. Your suffering is the manifestation of God working through you for that somebody who says God has forsaken them. Your suffering is the billboard, broadcasting, God can do it for you just like He did it for me. Stop shushing your suffering, share it!