Iâ€™m sitting on an airplane with my 6â€™6â€ totem pole body crammed into a regular, no leg room, non-exit row, teeny, tiny airplane seat. Iâ€™m sitting next to a guy who is also circus freak tall and weâ€™re both cramped, crunched, and fighting for leg and elbow room like sardines in a tiny can but at least weâ€™re not alone! I donâ€™t think there is anything more encouraging than knowing that whatever youâ€™re facing somebody has either been there or is there right now and feels your pain. I think the most comforting words in the English language are, â€œMe Tooâ€ because those words scream out â€œYOU ARE NOT ALONE!!â€ My 94 year old grandmother, Maw-Maw, would put it this way,
â€œA burden shared is a burden halved and a burden born alone is a burden doubled.â€
The problem is not so much finding someone who has been where you are but finding someone with the guts to be real enough to admit it. Sadly this is especially true in the church where often times rather than helping our wounded we shoot them and that has got to stop! I say its time we take off our masks and stop pretending weâ€™ve got it all together. We need to start being real and transparent about who we are and what weâ€™re struggling with so we can make it safe for others to do the same and hopefully all get better together. Iâ€™ll go first. To those who have faced the horrors of childhood sexual abuse I say, â€œ Me Too.â€ To those who have had their butts kicked by an addiction I say, â€œ Me Too.â€ To those who are fighting through the 12 steps trying to get well I say, â€œMe Too.â€ To those who have been beat down by the reality of depression I say, â€œMe Too.â€ To those who struggle to let Jesus take control I say, â€œMe Too.â€ To those who are sick of going to church and pretending everything is fine when its not I say, â€œMe Too.â€ To those who have feared that if people really knew you they wouldnâ€™t love you I say, â€œMe Tooâ€ To those who battle insecurity I say, â€œMe Too.â€ To those who just want to be loved and accepted, warts and all I say, “Me Too.” To all the broken, hurting, and struggling people I say, â€œyou are not alone. You have never been alone!â€ Somebody, including Jesus, Heb 4:15, has been where you are and you do not have to suffer alone!!! So letâ€™s take off our masks, get real with each other and with God and start saying â€œMe tooâ€ as loudly and as often as we can!
Me Too – Runks