Dealing with Pain - part 1

Dealing with Pain Part 1

Everyone in life will experience pain: emotional, physical or spiritual. The question is "How will you deal with that pain?" Physically, pain is a good thing in warning us that there is something wrong. It is the same emotionally or spiritually.

In February 2004 I had rotator cuff surgery. It was a 4 year old injury that kept getting worse until I could no longer manage the pain. So, I had it fixed. The challenge was that I knew the recovery was going to be worse, in terms of pain, than the injury, but the long term results were worth it. I can swim, kayak and best of all, sleep again.

As with my injury, pain has stages. You first ignore it. Then you must consciously deal with it but it is manageable. Third you begin to look for ways to numb the pain with drugs: aspirin, Tylenol or Advil. As the pain lingers or increases, you use more of those or go to a doctor and get stronger narcotic pain pills. Finally, when those do not work (or you start to become reliant on them) you get surgery to fix the problem. Once the problem is fixed, you go through rehab (more short term pain) to become normal again.

Do you have pain in your life? How are you dealing or coping with that pain? Depending on its severity, it should not be overlooked. Many times we just try to numb the pain with stronger pain killers such as narcotics, alcohol, working harder, having an affair, not talking to the person or pretending it did not happen. Life Leaders know that just numbing the pain has long term negative consequences. Life Leaders look at the pain and begin to address how to fix the problem that caused the pain. Life leaders ask themselves "What can I do to get beyond this pain?" Or "How can I redeem this situation?"

Do I need to ask forgiveness of someone or address an offense?
Do I need to start loving my spouse even though he/she doesn't deserve it?
Do I need to stop eating and start exercising?
Do I need to get out of a harmful relationship?
Do I need to get another job or change my behavior with my existing job?
Do I need to seek help to redeem a relationship or change a destructive habit?

Life leaders identify the long term benefits and work through the short term pain to achieve the long term results.


Isaiah 61:1-3
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion -- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

This is a prophecy of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to pay for our sins, to relieve our pain and to re-establish a relationship with God. Are you re-established?


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