How can we turn the painful experiences of our lives into redemptive opportunities for ourselves and others? In this two-part series, we look at the Old Testament story of Joseph for clues. Joseph was a dreamer whose whole life was full of such promise and possibility. But when his brothers betrayed him by selling him into slavery, Joseph was faced with a decision that would impact not only his personal life, but the fate of the whole world. In the face of betrayal, pain and years of hardship, would Joseph choose to become better or bitter? What would Joseph do next? How would he use his pain to empower his dreams?
In Part One of this series, we look at what it means to be good stewards of our painful stories—to trust that pain can become a treasure if we treasure it to the point where it can become compassion and healing, not just for ourselves, but also for other people. In Part Two, we explore how to repurpose our pain for something good, so that we can begin to connect the scattered dots of our painful stories to see a bigger picture of God’s prevailing goodness in all circumstances.