Some one said to me that I was too black and white… And too be fair they may be right.
However… I don’t think that everyone’s problems are that uncommon.
People say “But you don’t understand MY problem” (with added emphasis on the word MY)… and sometimes I don’t – that’s true, however I have seen enough of the same thing go round and round to be able to make a pretty confident call on the matter.
Sometimes people are so engrossed in their own little worlds that they haven’t thought that their problem might be the same as other peoples… their problem is SOOOOOOO different.
Sure the details may be different here and there but the basics of the problems are usually the same…
Paul talks about this in Corinthians
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience.
Do you see that “NO DIFFERENT”… Your ‘issues’ are no different to the issues that others have gone through
I really want to say to people sometimes “what makes you think that you’re so special?”… or “Do you really think the whole world got together just to pick on YOU????”
The reality is that often you can see someone going through the same issues as you have just seen someone else go through… and if we are to be honest it we have often found ourselves in the same situation thinking we are the only person who has been through this.
The great thing about the verse is that Paul continues to go further to say
He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
I dawned on me recently that sometimes the ‘way out’ that Paul talks about is about us talking to people about the issues.
Do you take your car to the mechanic when it starts to sound odd or if there is something wrong with it? Of course you do… it’s someone who can fix the problem
So why do we treat our lives as if they are so different to the rest of the world when the reality is that if we get over our own pride and our own embarrassment and go to someone who may be able to help… then why wouldn’t we do it?
So is everything so black and white?
Most of the time I think it is… however the longer we hold on to the problems the grayer the facts become.
So you could say that instead of common problems… we hold onto the facts and make the problems uncommon (or unknown) and that’s where the issues start.