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Word of the Day: Pain

Sunshine’s Word of the Day

Good morning!  Happy Friday!  Praise God for watching over everyone during this week!  Take time to give God praise for being God!

Word of the day: Pain

Pain is defined as physical suffering or distress, as due to injury, illness, etc.  It is also a distressing sensation in a particular part of the body such as a back pain.  Pain is not limited to physical but can also be mental or emotional suffering or torment.

Pain is something that is necessary in life.  Though we don’t like to experience it, we must learn to appreciate that it helps produce character, moves us into a deeper relationship with Christ, allows us to enhance our testimony and so much more. 

I’ve been reflecting on my personal life lately and how I’ve been creating new habits to become a spiritually and physically healthier “me”.  I’ve been waking up at 5:00a.m. in the morning to meet God for some quiet time, then I  exercise each morning and prepare for my work day.  Let me tell you, I have experienced some pain.  There are times when I don’t want to get up that early (especially since I don’t have to be at work until 8:00a.m.), but I know it’s necessary for me to grow spiritually.  I’m not speaking for anyone else, but I need to seek God early in the morning.  There are times when I exercise and it hurts, I mean it’s physically excruciating and the pain makes me want to quit.  Sometimes I want to give up, but God reminds me that the pain is necessary in order for me to change and get the results that I desire.

This is also true in the spiritual.  When you desire to change and grow spiritually you will go through some pain and you may want to give up and quit, but you have to endure.  God never promised that this life would be easy.  He told us that our days are numbered and full of trouble.  In order to get better and reach your desired or shall I say God’s desired state for your life you have to endure the pain. 

I had an epiphany that the pain of remaining the same is far worst than the pain I have to experience as I grow towards change.  When look at where I cam from spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally, it’s worth the pain.
The pain I endure to grow spiritually is worth who I will become.  I refuse to be the “old” me because God has made me a new creature.
 
Remember it’s necessary to endure some pain for a long-term gain.  No matter what you do in life it will not be easy, but it is necessary to grow.  God even allowed me to look at when babies hit growth spurts they become uncomfortable and cranky when their bones are stretching.  They are going through growing pains.  Those pains are necessary for them to grow strong and tall.  The blessing is the pain is temporary. 
 
Ask yourself: What am I willing to go through in order to grow spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally?
 
God does not allow us to endure pain without a reason.  Instead of asking God to stop the pain, ask Him to help you endure the pain.  Pain is necessary to take you to the next level.  It will make you stronger.  And one day someone will need to lean on you with your new-found strength. 
 
When you think of the word pain, I pray you change your mentality and not look at it in a negative way.  Look at pain as NECESSARY.  Tell yourself, “I’m growing, I’m growing.”
 
The next time you think about giving up, think about the pain that Jesus endured for you!  HE DIDN’T QUIT!
 
Have a blessed weekend! 

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