I am always amazed when I hear a story about a person who has endured so much pain and yet still finds the strength to help others. The woman who contracted a STD is encouraging others to remain pure and save themselves for their wedding night. She’s turned her loss into contribution. The father whose son was taken from him has formed an organization to help find missing children. He’s turned his loss into contribution. The woman who used to be a single mother now is passionate about encouraging others who find themselves in that same place. She’s turned her loss into contribution. The man whose child died due to a drunk driver is now fighting for new legislature against drunk drivers. He’s turned his loss into contribution. Turning our losses into contribution doesn’t take the pain away completely. But I can speak from experience and tell you, it helps. When I talk to women who’ve just learned that their husband was unfaithful to them…when my husband is able to give advice to church leaders who are going through a similar situation with a staff member that we did…when I look into the eyes of a woman who starts to believe that their marriage will work…when my husband can give hope to a man in bondage to pornography. When we get to do those things, the pain lessens. It doesn’t make it go away, but in a weird sort of way, it validates my pain. And that brings me healing. And I need that. What you’ve lost could very well contribute to someone else’s life. Something to think about.