This Week (Not Quite) In Church: Everybody's Got Problems

Welcome to the series wherein I share my takeaways from church. The things that, I think, are beneficial to all of us to know or think about, whether or not we believe in any church-related things.

I think that church can teach things that are beneficial to everyone, whether or not we believe in church-related things.

This week I didn't make it to church, but I will share something that has struck me since I started attending: everyone has problems.

It sounds obvious, and it is kind of obvious, but how often do we wonder what the other people in our lives might be going through?

Once I started going to my church, I became a part of what was then called a life group. That's a small group of people who meet weekly to invest in each others' lives, share, learn, grow, care for each other, and so on. It's pretty great.

Every week we would talk about prayer requests, and I learned very quickly that this small group of wonderful, fun, smart people all had some significant problem in their lives. It was a big eye-opener to be reminded every week that people who I would have otherwise thought pretty much had it all together.

Every once in a while in church services, someone will be invited to share their story with the congregation. Again, I am usually struck by everything going on beneath the surface of that person's life. Time and time again, I forget how much can be hidden from day-to-day view.

So this week, let's remember something we all know but often forget: everybody's got problems. Whether they are worried about being evicted, their sister who stopped talking to them, a severe family illness, job loss, or something totally different, everyone has a worry in the back of their brain, chewing away at their thoughts.

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