Kevin Welborn | @theKevinWelborn
'You and I are unique. Never before, or will there ever be, someone just like you. Even if you are an identical twin, there is no one exactly like you. You go with your exceptional self!
My twitter handle is @theKevinWelborn. Notice the word “the” in there. “The” is a part of speech that we call the definite article. We say THE President of the United States because there is only one person who holds that particular position. My twitter handle is a little misleading, for there are other Kevin Welborns out there. I know this, because I have searched them out on the internet.
Even though each one of us are individuals with completely distinctive lives, backgrounds, and experiences, do not make the mistake of thinking that no one else understands you. I do not mean sympathy, where one can decipher that you feel sad or downtrodden. Empathy is what I mean, an understanding of your current situation because he or she has been there as an individual.
Here is an example from my own adult life.
One summer at youth camp, a young lady came to me and two other grown men sitting at a table and poured her heart out to us without being prompted to do so. She was living in an alcoholic’s home and it was defeating her. None of the three of us had had a similar experience. We prayed for her and assured her there was always hope and each of us felt completely worthless as we surmised that we had not helped her one bit.
Later that night, it was brought to my attention that a woman I had known since I was young had grown up in this exact situation. And this woman was at camp with us as a sponsor. I am as dumb as a brick, but I put two and two together and made sure that this female sponsor would talk to this heartbroken young lady.
They did speak and I believe a large amount of help and healing took place.
The easiest thing for one to do in a low point in life is to say, “no one knows what it is like to be me. I am alone.” It is a natural response to difficult situations. It also happens to false.
2 Corinthians mentions that we go through certain things so that we, in turn, can aid those in similar situations down the road. Being a pastor can be a lonely position. But, do you know who understands these things? Other pastors. Enduring a miscarriage is something I cannot personally comprehend. There are ladies that know exactly what that is like. Talk to them. Marriage is an arduous task, how does one ever make it? I sat across the table from a man today that has been married 44 years and they have endured many tragedies. Listen to what he has to say.
Temptation too strong? Talk to the Lord. He knows what it is like to be you. Hebrews 2:18 says, “For because He Himself has suffered when tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”
We operate as though there is some huge disconnect between ourselves and Jesus. Yes, He endured temptation without sin, but He knows what it is like to be enticed by it. We do not want to discuss our shortcomings with the Lord because He isn’t like us. He already knows your every thought and He loves you anyway.
When troubled and when tempted, the correct response is run towards the Lord of Heaven and Earth and not the other way. Hebrews 4 tells us that we can approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we can find mercy in our time of need.
We are truly never alone.
Kevin Welborn is the pastor at Highland Baptist Church in Clovis, NM. He is married and has two daughters. He loves his native Texas, sports, and exploring creation. The most famous person he has ever met is someone you have never heard of. You can contact Kevin on Twitter at @theKevinWelborn.
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