When it comes to the subject of pain, I hesitate to offer any advice. Pain is very real and can be debilitating to our lives. But if you live long enough, you learn some things about pain. Here are some things I have learned. I humbly offer them to you for your consideration.
First, pain is real. There is no sense wasting time trying to be macho by telling everyone you’re not hurt. If you’re hurt, name it. You can’t move on until you do.
Second, once you’re hurt, the pain is yours to deal with. It may not be your fault, but it is your pain. Therefore, you and only you can deal with it.
Third, God has given us the awesome power of choice. We can choose to do whatever we want to do with the pain. We can wear it as a badge and let everyone see how wounded we are. Or, we can choose to offer it to Christ to see how He will use it to make us more like Him.
If you are hurting, the next move is up to you.
First, can you find the courage to admit you are in pain?
Can you own it as yours?
Now, what are you going to do with it?
Live with it? (Sometimes, you have to).
Learn from it? (Most of the time, this is a valuable use of pain).
Transform it, through the power of Christ’s resurrection, into energy for change in your life?
After all, it is your pain and, in the power of Christ, you can stop pain from robbing you of life and redeem it to give energy to your life.
What is stopping you from being free of your pain?
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