We each experience pain and heartache in our life. These pains can become deep emotional scars that paralyze us from experiencing the joys that are to be found in this life. Finding joy in the journey can be difficult when the pains and wounds are so deep that despair almost seems inevitable. These wounds can become chains binding us from feeling anything but sorrow and despair.
Many times these pains come from those we have allowed into our lives, to be part of our life and to share our journey with. It can be from death to disagreements to rejection, anything, that create this intense pain, sorrow and loss. Sometimes they are family members, spouses, children, neighbors, friends and even our church leaders. Whoever they may be, many times this heartache burns deep within our souls and left unattended can crush our ability and desire to press forward. These sorrows for many create the inability to trust another, to open themselves up to another, to love again or let anyone close. It affects current and future relationships. The ghosts of the past haunt the individuals present and future happiness, becoming victims again to the already overwhelming sadness and heartache, thus creating a vicious cycle of sorrow.
One of my favorite speakers/authors Jack Christensen taught me a lesson that has never left me in his talk/book “Healing the Wounded Soul.” Jack explains that many of our wounds need to be healed from the inside out. He also explains that many people react through outward behaviors based upon deep emotional wounds.
It was upon listening to his talk that I was able to finally look deep inside of me in an attempt to discover what my wounds were and as I pondered this, I allowed the Atonement of Jesus Christ to work within me to identify the wounds that were causing my sorrow and to begin the healing process. I never fully understood nor comprehended how these wounds, hidden from not only everyone else, but from myself for years had impacted my life. The freedom that entered my life upon conquering these wounds and allowing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to heal me from the inside out has been life changing. Not only has it allowed me to find true love with my beloved wife, it has also changed my eyes and how I view others who are hurting and manifesting that through their outward behaviors. I see others differently than ever before.
As we struggle in life and deal with past wounds, as well as the current ones, if we look to our Savior and allow Him to enter our life, He can heal us from the inside out, the way we are meant to heal and thus eliminating the scars that come when we try to heal ourselves from the outside in. We can find the inner peace and joy in our lives that can never be taken from us. We can prevent our past from damaging our dreams for the future. We can reclaim our lives and find joy in the journey as we look to the light, and live.