Sadness Can Be Just What We Needed

This is a guest post by Alan Sivakumaran who is “a sinner saved by the grace and love of Jesus. Son, Brother, Friend, Counselor, Runner, DFW Sports Fan, Karaoke Legend in China, and an Adventure-seeker.” You can contact him on Twitter and on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here.

Sadness Can Be Just What We Needed

One of the biggest movies of the summer was the latest Pixar movie Inside Out. The movie focuses on the five core emotions in the mind of a preteen named Riley. The Five Core Emotions in the movie are Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear. Throughout the movie, these emotions would work together to help Riley live a productive life. The emotion Joy is the primary leader of the emotions. Joy does everything in her power to keep Riley happy. Joy seems to work well with all the emotions except for Sadness.

Joy doesn’t understand Sadness’ purpose in Riley’s life. Joy does not want Riley to feel sad because she believes it causes her to be unhappy. Throughout the movie, Joy will limit Sadness’ role in Riley’s life. I believe that a lot of us can relate towards this belief that we should never be sad. We fail to understand the purpose and the power of sadness in our life.

Sadness is a tough emotion to embrace and handle in our lives. When we feel sad, then it causes discomfort and pain in our lives. We may feel that there is something wrong with us. It can be tough to admit or share our sadness with others and ourselves. We don’t want others to view us as weak or not having it all together.

God Bless our friends and family, but they will do everything in their power to help eliminate sadness (which is mostly a positive thing). Sometimes we need to accept and feel sadness in our life. Not only is sadness inevitable, also there is a reason why God allows us to experience and feel sadness.

We are born into an imperfect world, so it is normal that we are bound to feel sadness. Romans 5:12 “Therefore, just as one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.” When Adam and Eve first sinned on this Earth, it caused everybody to be born into an imperfect world. Our world is faced with the devastating effects of sin. I think back to September 11th 2001 when our nation was attacked and many people lost their lives. I couldn’t help but feel sadness for the loss of innocent lives and the evil of humanity. These events are out of our control and it is normal to feel sad in these unfortunate circumstances.

When we watch or read the news, then it seems inevitable that we are going to hear more tragic stories. There are tragic events in our own lives such as sickness, death, hardships, obstacles, and much more. Unfortunately we will always face these tough circumstances due to the sin of this world. It shows how our world is surrounded by sadness.

Everybody can relate towards being imperfect and making mistakes. Sometimes our mistakes lead towards embarrassment, inadequacy, getting hurt, hurting others, and much more. These moments show us how our sin negatively impacts others and ourselves. When we understand our sin, then it naturally leads us towards sadness. King David was somebody who loved God. He sinned against God, which caused David a lot of pain. David expresses his sadness towards his sinful nature in Psalms. Psalm 13:2 says this “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?” David’s heart felt sorrow for his sinful nature. David understood how his sin pulled him farther away from God. Romans 3:23 mentions “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Our sin leads us towards sadness, which is not always a bad thing. When we recognize this sadness, it can bring us closer to God.

Sadness has a purpose. There is a reason why God allows us to feel sadness. God uses our sadness for His purpose and glory. Near the end of the movie, Joy stumbled upon one of Riley’s memories. Riley started to feel sad because she missed an important shot and her team lost the game. Riley’s sadness led her family and friends to encourage and support her. Shortly afterwards Riley started feeling joy. Joy was able to see how Riley’s sadness led towards a joyful moment.

It was appropriate and needed for Riley to express her sadness. Riley’s friends and family comforted her through that moment which resulted in Riley feeling joy. Finally Joy was able to understand the importance of sadness in Riley’s life. Joy would relinquish control, so that Sadness can play an important part in Riley’s life.

Sadness can be a positive emotion in our lives. God uses our sadness for His purposes. 1 Peter 1:6-7 “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ”.

Sometimes it is hard to understand why God allows us to experience and feel sadness. There are going to be times where we do not understand His plan. Sadness can bring us closer and stronger with God. Our challenge is to trust and believe in Him through these tough moments. He has the ability to use our sadness and lead us towards joy in Him.

Sadness is a complicated emotion. We all go through it and we handle it in different ways. I want to encourage you that it is ok to feel sad. There are many moments where we need to feel and express sadness in our lives. The good news is that we can have a relationship with Jesus. He can be our comfort and strength through these tough moments. We don’t ever have to hide our feelings from Him. Our sadness shows our brokenness and our need for Him in our lives.

We can trust that God will be there and provide us the support we need. When we have this support and perspective, then our sadness can lead towards amazing life changing moments.

I'm a sinner saved by the grace and love of Jesus. Son, Brother, Friend, Counselor, Runner, DFW Sports Fan, Karaoke Legend in China, and an Adventure-seeker. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here.

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