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Friday, July 3, 2015

Think About It

Celebrating Pain
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Pain, if you didn’t already know, is a good thing. Pain lets us know that something is wrong. It causes us to get help. No one likes pain but it is a necessary reality of life and we need to learn to celebrate its value.

Often, when we think of pain we think of physical pain. But there’s another pain which is just as real, it’s the emotional pain we sometimes bear. Some have said that they would accept the physical pain over emotional pain any day. Perhaps because physical pain is more easily medicated and dealt with. The pain of a tooth ache is quickly taken care of at the dentist office. The pain of a broken arm is soon stabilized with a cast and medication. Emotional pain of the heart, well that takes time, and there’s no quick solution.

Personally, I believe that we need to learn to celebrate the emotional pain that comes our way. Rather than looking at it as and enemy we need to view it as a friend. A friend who isn’t going to take away our life as an enemy would, but rather one that’s going to teach us about life. A friend that will in the end, make us strong and a better person. One that will help us to lead others to traverse and navigate the difficult terrain of emotional pain.

I am reminded of what Saint Paul said in Romans 8:28, “We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan”. Of course the operative words are “when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.” When I understand that the emotional pain that I’m experiencing has purpose, I can embrace it as being something that is happening for me rather than to me. It doesn’t take it away or lessen its burden, but it does give me hope, and it’s in the hope that I am able to endure. Perhaps if we’d learn to look at life as something to be lived rather than endured we might find hope in all things, the good and the bad. Think about it.

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