Summer United: When Life Gets Hard
“Pain is a part of progress. Anything that grows experiences some pain. If I avoid all pain, I’m avoiding growth.”
Painful times can be difficult and discouraging. How do we grow through the hard times without giving up?
#1.) Focus on your purpose instead of your pain
“Don’t ask God to use you and then complain when you feel used.”
God needs you in places where things are broken. In the broken places there is pain, but there is also purpose. The pain you are experiencing is easier to endure when you change your perspective, and realize purpose and pain go together. Don’t allow the pain of the process to steal your purpose. Grow through pain by focusing on the goal ahead instead of the present pain.
It is possible that pain comes when you are doing the right things. Sometimes all you can see is the pain and you overlook the purpose of your pain.
#2.) Stretch, but don’t exceed, your limits
A certain amount of pain and stretching is required to grow, but too much will cause injury. Sometimes we experience pain because God wants us to stretch to fulfill more of our purpose. God will use pain to help you grow to your full potential. However, He doesn’t want us stretching the point of exhaustion.
#3.) Don’t do life alone
When we are struggling and depressed, we feel alone. Find your people. Let them help encourage you. Sometimes, all you need is to be surrounded by the right people and voices.
#4.) Trust God instead of turning from Him
In times of pain you always have a choice to make: Trust God or think God made a mistake. When you question your calling, you lose your purpose in the pain. You may even question God “How could you let this happen?” Remember you are part of something greater than your pain. You can trust Him instead of turning from Him.
It isn’t about the hard, but learning new things with your father.
1… And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Don’t grow weary and lose heart in your pain. Focus on your purpose, stretch your limits, find your people, and trust God in the process.
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Podcast-When Life Gets Hard