We’ve all heard it before: There’s always two sides to a story.
Except I have found that usually there’s even more.
Confession time: I’ve been totally guilty of creating scenarios and stories in my head (that are probably completely wrong) about people and their situations. What they’re thinking, why they’re thinking it, and what they’re doing about what they’re thinking…
Yeah, I’ve figured it all out.
But the thing is, I haven’t. I never completely figure anything out. *Mind=blown*
And I keep learning this lesson over and over and over again.
We often don’t know the whole story, especially if we have only heard one side of it.
Or maybe we haven’t even heard any side of it (remember those scenarios I create in my head.)
For years I’ve harbored very awful and ugly feelings about something, and I thought I could never gain any peace about it, ever. There was a war raging inside of me. I needed, I yearned for, I cried for peace.
And then I heard a story.
I heard a story that changed my outlook and my feelings about what I felt awful and ugly about.
And I would have never known about any of this information had that story never been shared, had that moment and timing and circumstances been different; I could have lived forever with those feelings. But by God’s divine timing of that shared-story time, the way I felt, something I thought would never change, actually did change.
And there is probably even more to the story I still don’t know.
I know for a fact I don’t want those ugly and awful feelings I had to come back, and I pray they never do.
That story was a missing piece of my peace puzzle.
There are no coincidences.
It makes me wonder…how often do we go about our days thinking we know it all? How often do we make assumptions and spread ideas that could, in fact, be wrong?
I want to know the other side. I want to know the true story.
Instead of thinking I know, I actually want to know.
How many stories are out there that we could afford to hear?
To pay attention and listen?
There are so many sides to a story. So many opinions. So many changing elements…
Maybe there’s a part of a story you’re missing. Maybe there’s a piece, and some peace, you’ve been longing for that can only be found by making peace.