Our project, Salama Leeds, has grown out of people's stories of recovery from self-harm & eating disorders. Stories that involve hurt, pain, challenge, brokenness, addiction, and stories that involve recovery and freedom. Stories of people's journeys, stories where people have been restored.
Those stories are so valuable and sharing them can have a significant impact on others. Stories of recovery can relate to a wide range of life's hurts & challenges, for example relationship breakdown, pornography or fear. With all such areas there are no one-size-fits all treatments or tidy & quick 3 point routes to recovery.
We can feel powerless to help, without these answers. But we can share our stories, or the stories of others. They carry a message of hope.
In the midst of stress, addiction, hurt, it can be extremely hard (and entirely normal) to wonder if recovery is possible. These kind of stories are real life examples that it is. I can tell you something is possible but to see it in the flesh is a different and often more powerful thing. For Christians, sharing stories of recovery can also be an opportunity to share the impact God has had on our lives, in our hearts, in our journeys, in our recovery.
If you are still facing something which seems impossible to break through, perhaps have a go at seeking out some recovery stories. If you have a recovery story of your own, why not look out for opportunities to share it with someone this week. If you work on an LCCT project, see if you could use a story of recovery to motivate, inspire and fuel those that may not currently see a light at the end of the tunnel.
-- by Abbe Smith