Don’t regret the hard times. Everything God has allowed, he will use. He will never let your most painful moments go to waste. And those times will not last forever.
Jack Hyles offered good insight when he said, “Laughter means nothing unless there have been tears.” I’m guessing that along your journey of addiction or trauma, you have shed a lot of tears. Allow those tears to become the canvass on which God will paint experiences of joy and laughter.
Jesus addressed this himself: “You will grieve, but your grief will be turned to joy” (John 16:20).
Try this. Bring your most painful struggle to God in prayer today. Tell God how you feel and why you hurt. Leave your burden with him. Then wait on God to do what only he can do – turn your tears of sorrow into tears of joy.
Recovery Step: Look for opportunities of laughter today.