Everything happens for a reason.
It's a cliche meant to comfort people when certain calamity strikes them. We may use this statement to glide over the fact we don't understand why our ilves have been turned upside down. Sickness, loss of finances, death of a loved one, etc., a well meaning person may speak this cliche but it only brings a false comfort. When that doesn't work, then it's time to play the 'Blame Game'.
Sad to say, some Christians often blame the person who is being tossed through the storm for their own calamity. "You are dealing with this because of your lack of faith." or "You're sick because you want to be." "God is trying to get your attention.". These statements are simiply cue cards for the host of the Blame Game. They are not meant to help but to shut up. After all, it's easier to point the finger at the victim than to search for the perpetrator.
Join me as I talk with Elizabeth Chalker, author of Raw Faith, and advocate for those who deal with chronic pain. You call me at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.
Elizabeth Chalker is still in the furnace of life's calamities and fighting the good fight of faith and endurance, keeping her eyes on the prize of heaven. Before serious, physical illness devastated her body, Elizabeth was on the fast track as a successful psychologist and addictions specialist, working with violent juvenile offenders and their families, near completion of her third graduate degree. Her life is a testimony of faith that is steadfast and remains no matter the seemingly dark, unjust, and treacherous circumstances of life. She resides in Lighthouse Point, Florida. Elizabeth continues to minister to those in need and aspires to show God's glory through every breath she takes.
A note from Elizabeth Chalker
You - one person - an individual, can literally change this whole world with love. By focusing on love, making a choice to love, feeding all that is positive, good, and of the light with exuberance and abundance instead of feeding the negative and evil things of the darkness. You can literally change the world and yourself. One relationship - one interaction - one decision at a time.
If you are experiencing the dark night of the soul in affliction year after year, it will present you, as it has me, with opportunities not found in most other life circumstances.
This is a real life story of being in the fire, where I currently remain, where my heart for the Lord has become increasingly insatiable. A deepened intimacy has developed and continues to grow even through this very moment, and will continue beyond. As you read, this is my hope and prayer for you as well.
Published by Parker J Cole