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The problem with pain

The problem with pain is that we don’t know what to do with it.

But what if our pain was for somebody else?

What if our story is the healing that someone has been waiting for?

What if our downfalls are mercies in disguise?

What if our hurt is what keeps us grounded and relatable?

What if we used our story to impact the stories of those who come behind us?

What if your life’s purpose was there, hidden in your deepest pain?

What if that hard place was what kept you clinging to God rather to your own ability?

What if what was out of control in your life was the very thing that could keep your eyes on the One in control of all?

What if your faith came out stronger if you just made it one more day?

What if your tears were to wash your soul, and to keep your heart soft and pliable?

What if your experiences deepened empathy which in turn increased your compassion?  What if that emotion turned into action?

But what if we didn’t allow our pain to be redeemed?

We could become

isolated

suspicious

hard

self absorbed

insecure

angry

bitter

attention driven

constantly searching but never finding

consumer oriented

greedy

empty

distant

cynical
Maybe the question isn’t, “Where is God when it hurts?”

Maybe it’s; “Where is God taking us when it hurts?”

Maybe the question isn’t; “Why does God allow bad things to happen?”

Maybe its, “Why don’t we allow God to use bad things to ignite the need for change in our hearts?”

The problem with pain is that we don’t turn it back around and slap it in the face with faith.   We don’t confront it with truth.  We don’t believe in what happens after it’s done with us.

….. or maybe we do.  Starting today.

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  1. May 9, 2011 at 12:43 am

    One of my favorite Christian authors would be Henry Nowen. He’s written some incredible books regarding pain, suffering, the walk of faith and what it can cultivate in our hearts as we encounter God in the place where our deepest of pains, struggles, weaknesses are found… it suggests along with Leanne Payne and Andy Comisky that there is strength in weakness and it’s from the place of our weaknesses we learn to lead while depending on the Lord and it’s there our relationship with Jesus is actually cultivated, it is also there the cross is made manifested most profoundly.

  1. June 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

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