Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Fuel of Pain

Thinking this morning about all the people that I come in contact with that are hurting. Real life pain, financial pain, relational pain, emotional pain. I too have experienced some of these pains. And it is not fun. It’s not something we sign up for but it’s something we all walk through.

Here’s the thought, if we all walk through it then there must be something to it. If we all have to endure pain then maybe, just maybe there’s something about pain that can help us.

There is a scripture in James 1 that speaks a little about this.

(Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. NLT)

Interesting- if I read this right, I have a chance to grow when trouble comes my way. I have an opportunity to be complete needing nothing.

Pain has this way of propelling us into the future. Pain produces strength. Pain = a chance to grow. Pain develops things in you. If we can get our hearts off the issue of the pain and begin to explore the opportunities from the pain we will be better off because of the pain. However, most of the time we get lost in the pain and instead of great joy we have great sorrow and we refuse to move from the pain. And if we are not careful we will live in the pain and not grow past the pain. (I dont even have the time to talk about masking the pain that we live in.)

I have heard some people say “well you don’t know my pain” and at that point they begin to speak of all the issues that I have no glue about. And maybe I don’t. However I do know that pain hurts and it sucks, all of it! So I refuse to live in it but rather grow from it.

Just a thought

1 comment:

  1. Amazing! Just this morning my topic for my blog was I Thes 5:18 In every thing gives thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.....
    My thought being that each opportunity of pleasure or pain that comes is but a time to lift up the Name of our Lord and also in troubled times ... A wooden Cross that I may step upon so that the LOVE of God may be made known to those that hear my voice of proclamation of being a Believer.....Enjoyed so much your post today! Every day is a choice ....I choose life that I may live and live it more abundantly ....