“Pain is God’s instrument to expose who we are, explain how life really works and bring us to a junction where we seek Him for answers. Pain is always a precursor to significant change. Pain is essential to bring maturity and responsibility.”
Do you believe “pain is essential?’
C.S. Lewis said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
Do you believe pain is essential?
Athletes do. “No pain, no gain.”
Doctors do. Leprosy – Hansen’s Disease – is a pain-free disease. Those who suffer from it have to constantly check themselves. They may step on a nail and not know it, or cut themselves and bleed, and not realize it. Pain is a warning system that something is wrong.
Brian Dodd, in his blog for leaders, mentions 15 benefits of pain.
1. Struggle is necessary to produce strength.
2. Pain can be a warning to us that something may not be right.
3. Pain provides an impudence to learn, grow, and improve our skills.
4. Pain builds the stamina which carries us through future tough times. It reminds us that we will survive.
5. Pain reminds us to avoid and not participate in bad behaviors.
6. Pain can bring positive change.
7. Pain reminds us that we need help, we need a team.
8. Pain brings clarity.
9. Pain gives us wisdom because it is often best understood looking backwards.
10. Pain brings us together because it is part of everyone’s story. No one is immune.
11. Pain increases your capacity and patience.
12. Pain gives you a greater appreciation for positive relationships.
13. Pain will one day allow you to comfort others with the similar experiences.
14. Pain gives us balance and reminds us of what is really important.
15. Pain points us toward God and the need to rely on Him.
Still – I don’t like pain – in me or others.
The wonderful promise of the gospel is that one day, there will be no more pain, no more disappointments, and every tear will be wiped dry. Until then, pain has a purpose. Hang in there! God is not finished with you yet.