Sometimes, I mistakenly think it’s wrong to share about unpleasant things in my life. It can be anything from not mentioning that I slept poorly, to not sharing about difficult schoolwork, to not opening up about a question I’m struggling with. There’s a myriad of reasons, depending on the matter. I just don’t want to be any kind of complainer, I don’t want people to feel sorry for me, or I don’t want to burden people with my issues.
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
But telling someone about the hard things in my life is okay! First of all, keeping things to myself can actually be dishonest. Second, the Bible tells us that Christians are a family. We are to bear one another’s burdens.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
The spirit in which we share those burdens is important – we definitely don’t want to be whiny or self-centered. But thinking that I can handle everything and not tell anyone about my troubles isn’t right. God is my foremost confidant; he has also surrounded me with fellow Christians who can uplift me. I’m far from having everything figured out, and God knows that. He and those he has placed around me will help me if I let them! Even though I haven’t figured everything out, I know this: much as I try, I can’t go it alone.
The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. – Psalms 34:17
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
Do you find it difficult to share your troubles?