Some of the most difficult moments in life are when we can’t see the purpose in our pain.
Labor pains can be incredibly stressful, but most women gladly look beyond the momentary misery and see that life of blessing that will result.
Physical therapy after major joint surgery is characterized by many times of discomfort and random frustration. Yet, the process almost always leads to improved mobility and a more satisfying life.
What stinks is spending a lot of time and/or money and emotional capital on something that fails or is destroyed. That’s when it can be hard to find the redeeming purpose of why a marriage fails or a diligently practiced career fails or why a recommended nutritional regimen doesn’t prevent heart problems or cancer.
At such times, it is important to remember that our lives are not islands. We are part of a community and we can find purpose in our pain if we use the experience to help others avoid loss or overcome the failures.
The fact is that our pain can ultimately lead to others’ gain.
Our pain can become a training ground for ministry.
This truth has helped me to find purpose in some very painful events in my life as I’ve shared with others the lessons that I’ve learned.
You perhaps have done the same. It’s what we are supposed to do.
It is what Jesus did.
True to the process, the challenges and pain that Jesus experienced have found purpose in helping us to learn about overcoming challenges and pain.
“Since He Himself has gone through suffering and testing, He is able to help us when we are being tested.” (Hebrews 2:18)
On countless occasions, I have recalled tough times faced by Jesus and have been inspired to endure and move past the trials. And because of God’s grace in holding me up and leading me to a better place, I’ve been able to help others to connect with God so that they might do the same.
Whatever hard time you’re facing now, thank God for your enrollment in Pain U. And remember that no mentor can teach and coach about something he or she has never experienced.
Find purpose in your pain, my friend. There are people all around you who need your help in doing the same.
As always, I love you