How many of you have gone through some pain in life?
As I was putting together my last post, “Handling Our Growing Pains,” I started to think about how much I have grown in the midst of my pain.
Everything we go through in life is an opportunity to become wiser and better than we were before.
Now I am not saying that pain is always going to end happily, but if we think about it, most of our pain ended up in a lesson of some sort.
Whether it’s the pain of losing a loved one or the pain of losing a job, each painful experience lead each of us to be more mindful in the end.
Just like I said before, we have no choice but to move on to a new shoe size or clothing item when we outgrow them. And God allows pain in our lives to move us from one size to another size.
If He did not allow pain in our lives, how many of us would stay in the same place forever, never growing?
Many people I know do not like change, and pain forces us to do just that.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18
I used to have a hard time moving on from things I was comfortable with. I would think that it was the best thing and more comforting to be around what I was used to.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Friendships, family members, jobs, relationships, health and age will always be factors in our lives that will change. Each one of these will not be with us forever because they will shift and change with time.
It’s painful losing people and losing what we are accustomed to, but God requires us to lean on Him for our comfort instead of what we have here in the world.
He will take things away from us, we tend to place higher in our hearts than Him.
And He does not do this to be mean, He does this so that we may grow into the people He has destined for us to be.
Each painful experience allows for wisdom and growth that can be shared with others to help them through their difficult times.
We grieve the loss of what we were used to, to make way for the life we are growing into.
Lastly, this week I challenge you to think on how you have grown from your pain. Pain is unavoidable but it’s also a tool used to make us better.
Pain has allowed me to appreciate myself more, appreciate my time more, and appreciate who God created me to be as well.
Like the Rev. Clay Evans song says, “As I look back over my life, and I think things over. I can truly say that I’ve been blessed. I got a testimony.”
Tell someone about your growth through pain testimony this week. You will see you are better than you thought.
As always you know you got this!