Your Pain Has Purpose

Lately, I’ve been doing pretty good overall. Especially considering where I was the past couple weeks. However, I’ve still been continuously dealing with that same painful surgical area that changed my life such a long time ago. I really don’t like to use the word handicap. However, I admit that so much of my life has drastically changed because of my physical challenges.

This back and nerve pain is now a normal part of my life. It literally effects every step I take and limits the decisions I can make. Now, please understand I’m beyond grateful for what I can do. However, there are definitely times I ponder how much things could be different without such pain in my life. I think to myself the following..

If I didn’t have this battle I could be a better husband. If I didn’t have this battle I could be a better father. If I didn’t have this battle I could do so much more for family, friends, and others. You see, this chronic pain often makes me feel so limited , discouraged and sometimes defeated.

Fortunately, I realize this pain is a part of God’s purpose for me. Each of us have things that come into our lives uninvited. We all have things that make us feel weak, limited and discouraged. Somehow, God purposely uses all the heartache or pains in our lives.

God uses these things to mold us and make us into who He wants us to be. God uses these things to teach us how to humbly walk with Him. God uses these things to give us greater grace and compassion towards others. God uses these things to build our faith. God uses these things to help us learn to live with truly grateful hearts. Somehow, God uses all these things for our good and His glory.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

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