This past weekend at church was probably one of the best messages I have heard. I took so many notes that the people around me probably thought "Yikes, she's got issues" but I know I am not alone with the topic.
The message was titled "Never Waste Your Pain" and again, so many notes, light bulbs and the ever popular Oprah "Ahhhhh" moments. Here is one that we typically do not think of during a situation until long after. Pain produces good.
This is what HOPE is. That while we are going through something, we KNOW & TRUST that there is some good that will come from it. That HOPE is what gets us through what we are going through (which was the name of the series of messages and if you want to watch any or all of them, click here)
Here are some of the notes that I am pondering on and invite you to join me in my pondering...
- When bad things happen, do you run to or from God?
- You can use your pain to help others.
- No matter what happens, it is temporary
- The world is not impressed with our prosperity but with our adversity.
- Use your pain as a platform for your message.
No matter your faith, your relationship with God, your religion...BAD is going to happen, no, BAD is happening. Don't waste your pain..use it...turn it into fuel and kick some booty! This morning, this was in my email inbox:
“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself.”