what if my pain is for someone else?

These questions came up in the closing message of our Life’s Healing Choices barbwirecampaign at Eastridge:

  1. Is my suffering worth the salvation of others?
  2. Am I willing to suffer in the meantime, so that others will not suffer for eternity?

These two questions hit me hard and caused much introspection. Here are the thoughts I am chasing this morning:

  • Am I willing to suffer?
  • Am I willing to sacrifice my personal comforts and agenda for someone else?
  • Would I be crazy to accept pain as one of God’s tools to change me, or change the world?
  • Am I brave enough to share my story so that others may know this Jesus I follow?

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 gives us a reason to believe that our pain is useful for others..

3 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel!4 He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.

Reading all of this..how does it make you feel?

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  • This is an awesome view on things for me. This has been a year of suffering for me. One of the hardest positions as a parent is to realize that your children life decisions are not for you to determine. Including their salvation. While praying and praying for my daughter to receive Christ as her lord and Savior my heart breaks. Recently I have prayed for God to break her heart for what break his and within 1 month my daughter has now walked through a church two Sunday’s in a row. So I do believe that once we confess to God that we are willing to lay down our lives and give our children lives to him, and I mean all of it to him. He then will hear our cries and prayers.

    This year has also been the year I have become strong enough to Share my story with others at my church and at other churches in hopes to touch one persons life. My story breaks my heart each time I share it, but it is what my Lord is guiding me to do, so I willing continue to do so.

  • chad caldwell

    1 Peter 4:19 says it all my friend. Sorta adopted it as a “life verse” March 20th 2008 1:45 p.m.

    19 So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.
    (nlt)

  • kathy porter

    this really caught my attention. For over a year I have been praying for 2 men God put on my heart. These men live in California- we have never met and the chances we will are very slim. One man, Mike, is kinda receptive to me talking to him about what it means for me to be a Christian, the other, Andrew, is extremely suspicious and hard to reach. He keeps me at arms-length at best. Recently in one of my whinig sessions with God I told Him how it breaks my heart that Andrew is so hard to reach and God “said” to me in my heart, “Your heart can never break as much as Mine has.” It was then I was completly humbled. I will bow down to Him in this and no matter how hard or how much my heart aches for these two men, I will continue to pray for them and show them God’s love. He will do what He must in their lives, my only concern to obedience in praying for them.

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