Countless songs, poems and novels have been written about heartache. It is one of those universal life experiences to which nearly everyone can relate. A broken heart, a betrayed friendship, a dream lost. The pain of brokenness is one of those feelings that seem like it will never end, until it does.
I have learned to embrace the heartaches in my life, because they always seem to lead to something better. That lover who shattered my heart into a million pieces taught me how to forgive. That friend who betrayed my trust taught me discernment. That teenage child with sometimes incredible lapses of judgment taught me unconditional love. I would rather have learned to forgive, to discern and to love without condition than to have avoided the pain that led to these truths.
I believe that I am much stronger and more grounded today because of my past hurts. Looking forward through the eyes of forgiveness, discernment and love is a joy much sweeter than the loves and friendships that broke my heart. I have learned to rely on, and trust God undeniably and unconditionally, for which I am eternally grateful. So, I thank You for the heartache, because it has brought me closer to the person I was created to be.