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As NASCAR driver Martin Truex climbed out of his car onto the winner’s platform, something his girlfriend Sherry Pollex who is battling with cancer said while celebrating with Martin and the team, struck me as an inspiring moment to write about, experiencing the pain associated with brokenness. Fighting back tears, Sherry said, “I told him, ‘That’s why you never give up.” The many adversities Martin experienced not winning the NASCAR championship brought him to this glorious moment when he drove his automobile with the same conviction of “not giving up” as Sherry had not given up on the fight of her life with cancer.

In life people sometimes experience the pains associated with a feeling of brokenness: broken bodies, broken minds, broken hearts, broken lives, and broken relationships. The immense pain associated with any of these conditions can be devastating and can render you helpless for yourself and your family. So, to overcome our brokenness we must realize that we have to be healed by a power greater than ourselves. If we look only to ourselves, we will not be able to make life’s journey.

However, all over the world people attempt to overcome the pain of brokenness by filling their lives with substitutes. Some of these substitutes include alcohol, drugs, sex, material things, and even work. The main idea for them is to numb the pain with something else. People have the desire to avoid pain with these substitutes. However, most of these substitutes only increase feelings of brokenness, hopelessness, and lead to lower self-esteem and depression.

Everybody’s fighting and battling something in their life, not just cancer but any kind of struggle. We have to find a way to pull through our struggles. If you can approach struggles with a positive attitude, keep a smile on your face and always find the silver lining in everything, then in the end you will pull through.

This year we might find ourselves in some of the most agonizing situations and we will wonder “why did this happen to me?” So, if you do find yourself in a state of brokenness just have faith that God will help you pull through. If we attempt to lift ourselves out of brokenness and become whole without turning to God, we will fail.

  • Don’t waste any more time or energy pretending to be fine when you’re really hurting, lonely, confused, or frightened because of your past pain.
  • If you don’t find ways to learn from your past pain, you’ll be more likely to repeat past mistakes.
  • Realize that it’s pointless to dwell on your regrets, since you can’t go back and change your past – all you can do is keep moving forward.

Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten

chaplain@lhp.net