Does My Wonderful Public Profile Cover Up My Private Pain?
The social networking world is such a blessing to many. The opportunity to network with seemingly like minded people all over the globe affords many priceless opportunities. In the midst of the wonderful profiles that grace Facebook, Ning, MySpace, Twitter, WordPress, Blogger, Linkedin, BlackPlanet, and any of a myriad of other social networking sites are many people that are dealing with secret struggles, and private pain. I once mentioned in a sermon that many of us are hurting in places that others simply can’t see! Do our powerful public profiles cover some of our private pains! Does anyone else see my struggles?
We all go through, we all have struggles! Even that person who has that great looking profile on the social networking sites that has all those friends, yes they also have struggles. A good looking personal photo doesn’t exhibit all that another may have gone through, or may have gone through. The picture may show the glory, but believe me the picture doesn’t tell the story. In the midst of any social networking site, are the profiles of many who have been through hell and high water! Yes you are not the only person that is going through! When one writes his or her bio for any social networking sites, one tends to highlight the highpoints of one’s life! Very seldom would one list their bottom of the barrel experiences, their valley experiences on their profiles. Here’s my prayer that God would bless all of you folks who have all of these wonderful profiles in the social networking world. It is my prayer that God would heal any private pain that you may have! It is also my prayer that God would alleviate unbearable burdens that may be tormenting you!
Yes, I am sure that we all have some private struggles that only God can deliver us from! That pain that torments, that thing that keeps you from sleeping is limited from affecting you from this day forward. That thing that you have carried down the halls of work, school, or church will no longer torment you any more. There is a God that can heal even those whose struggle, and don’t even whimper about it. I don’t have to know what you are going through, but I do know that you are going through! Behind that wonderful looking profile is a person that is struggling with something that very few even know about! Those tears that have been shed, that no one else ever sees are almost over. The tide is getting ready to turn! Those insecurities that have limited you over the years will soon give way! I am telling you with Holy Boldness that you are ready to turn the corner!
I am seeing you a few days down the road in the future, and you are looking and feeling a whole lot better than you look right now!
After all of the flossing online, there are many people who are going through just like you. You are not born under a bad sign; you were not born in an awful sign, or an awful season. God has not frowned on you! God has not tuned his back on you! Your best days have not been seen yet! Your happiest days haven’t been seen yet! The sleepless nights will soon pass away! The biting of your fingernails will soon be yesterday’s news! I see you overcoming each and every private struggle and private pain! I see boundless joy in your future! I am earnestly praying for your complete and total deliverance from any private struggle, and private pain that may be in your life! God is ready to take you from the places of torment, and deliver you to a place of triumph!
Pastor Stephen F. Smith