pain is gain!
Running From Pain is Running Away From Your Path Forward
Why on earth do we have to have mosquitos, roaches and pain? Couldn’t we just skip them all?
OK, I may not get the mosquito thing, but pain does make sense. Any athlete will tell you, in order to build muscle, you must first break down the ones you have.
And as I think about it, I’ve never really grown without some sort of pain, challenge or discomfort. Can you relate?
So what do you say we stop giving pain the bad wrap and look at it square in the eye and say, “show me whatcha got for me.”
But that was like eating a candy bar to soothe my sadness. It feels great in the moment, but it catches up with me sooner or later. And so, obviously, my avoiding those painful conversations led to isolation within the relationship. And after a few years of the same choices I found myself married to a stranger.
What is life, if not growth? When you and I are not growing and expanding, then we’re slowly dying. Although growth is often kick started from a good book or sermon or a new thought, accelerated growth seems to always be predicated by some sort of discomfort, pain, or pruning.
I am aware that some of you reading these words are in serious pain. I honor you and your pain. I do not make light of it. AND…I want to give you the good news. Your pain will serve you if and when you let it.
Here in Sugar Land, Texas, you’ll see a crape myrtle tree around every corner. It’s a relatively small tree that gives a colorful showing each Spring with beautiful bright flowers.
The crape myrtle is severely pruned before Spring, which prompts it vibrant new colorful growth. I’t s quite a sight.
I’m a big fan of “God-whispers,” and I think this is one of them. Explosive growth takes place after pruning. That broken bank account or broken heart you are suffering now is only pruning. And pruning leads to new growth.
FLIP IT! Flip how you hold this thing we call pain. No, your loss ins’t what you wanted. And no, your depression hurts. And you certainly didn’t plan on being fired.
GO WITHIN OR YOU’LL GO WITHOUT.
I want you to find your way past the victim mode. It’s a choice. Step UP and understand that life is not happening TO you, it’s happening for you. In some way, your pain is trying to serve you.
Whatever. you do, don’t choose to medicate it. Go to the source. Turning to the bottle or the pills or the affair or the perpetual hobby (you know, the one that takes up all your free time), you’re only numbing yourself from feeling the pain. That “WD-40” treatment will ensure repeated pain down the road.
Take your head from the sand and face the POWER-TRUTH. You must go THROUGH the pain not around it. Ask God to walk with you through it. I assure you, there’s something better on the other side.
I honor whatever pain you may be facing now. Send me a message and let’s talk about that light at the end of the tunnel.
To stir, incite and inspire those whose paths I cross, inviting folks to live life with the vitality and full-color gusto our Maker had in mind for each of us the moment we came outta that oven.
I see marriages being healed, dreams and family values being reborn and restored. I see an awakening as folks begin to remember who they are and WHOSE they are. Yes! I claim that vision.
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My Prayer for You
Lord open the ears, eyes and hearts of each friendly visitor here that they might catch a glimpse of You and the bodaciously abundant life you have in store for each of us. Help us each to hear your whispers, see your miracles and feel your nudges. Amen.