Restoration & Reconciliation

Just keep going

I’ve been chewing on this quote for nearly a year now, trying to decide how it works:

Leaders are ones who learn to absorb the pain without passing it on to others or themselves.

Dr. Pete Menejares, Biola University

Clearly, there are days when I don’t feel capable of absorbing anyone’s pain. But in more lucid moments, I really ponder this idea of absorbing pain while not passing it on.

  • How do we let hard words be said, and then forgive?
  • How do we acknowledge painful realities, without losing all hope?
  • How do we walk, and then lead others, through turbulent waters without drowning?

Part of the answer, I suppose, is to just keep going.  “Our greatest glory is not in never falling,” said Confucious, “but in rising every time we fall.”

Jesus said it in a slightly different way, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

How have you found ways to absorb pain without taking it out on others or yourself?

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