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How to Start Using Your Life’s Tragedy for Good

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When trials occur or crisis comes, our first feelings are typically devastation, anger, sadness, fear. However, tragedy can also be used for good. Here's how.


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Heartbreak may be a cliche topic, but at one point or another, everyone experiences traumatic trials and tribulations. This is a life-subject everyone easily connects with in some form or fashion, and believe me, I truly understand the depths of pain and the challenge of functioning through deep pain. Two years ago, my mother passed away from cancer, and I sat by her side as she took her last breath. That period of time was undoubtedly the most trying time in my life.

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Needless to say, I’ve been in a place where pain overwhelms your heart with an indescribable force that it almost feels as if you could burst, the kind of pain that leaves you questioning whether or not you will heal or experience life without a broken heart.

The enemy wants us to drown in our pain, so much so that we no longer move through life with the determination to serve others, share His word and carry out His will.

When trials occur or we experience a crisis, we often face a range of fleshly feelings—devastation, anger, sadness, confusion and fear, to name a few. However, tragedy, believe it or not, can also be used for good. To someone going through a trying time, thinking of your tragedy as a means for good may seem inconceivable, but when you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you gain the power and willingness to serve others in spite of your pain.

How to Start Using Your Life's Tragedy for Good

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“He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say this to the mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’” —Matthew 17:20

Serving others during your time of need is no easy feat. I mean, while you’re grieving, hurting and trying to cope with life, turning to your faith may be the last thought on your mind, but I would like to gently remind you of a powerful thought sent from God—the enemy wants us to drown in our pain, so much so that we no longer move through life with the determination to serve others, share His word, and carry out His will. When we choose to serve others during our time of need, we not only help ourselves, but we experience healing, too. There is healing on the other side of pain, and by serving others, we invite God into our brokenness to not only help us survive but thrive.

“Come near to God and he will come near to you…” —James 4:8

To move from tragedy to triumph, pray that God gives you the strength and sensitivity to tend to the needs of those around you. In one way or another, we are all coping with pain and we all have something on our plate, but we cannot allow our flesh to veer off into the enemy’s land and hold us hostage.

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Thanks unto Him, He can make all things beautiful, shift our perspective and lead us to a life of servitude, happiness and contentment. He has a divine purpose for our pain, and not only should we trust Him to see us through, but we must dig deep in our faith to continue serving His Kingdom. He never promised us a perfect life, but He did promise us that He would be there with us, every step of the way, while teaching us to worship Him in truth and lead others to Him in love.