Don’t Waste Your Pain–Invest It

A sample of Daily Encounter by Dick Innes

"Dear Brothers [and Sisters], is your life full of
difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when
the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow.
So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your
problems. For when your patience is finally in full
bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in
character, full and complete."1

In almost every trial we face God is seeking to "tell"
us something. Sometimes the only time he can get our
attention is when we’re hurting sufficiently to slow
us down so we will stop and listen.

That has certainly been true in my life. On one
occasion, God used an accident and a time in the
hospital to get my attention and to speak to me. The
decision I made as a result ended up radically
changing the total course of my life. Another time God
used a major crisis and loss to expand my work. He used
another setback to get me started in writing. That was
more than four decades ago and I’m still writing!
When you are hurting, you can be sure that God has
something to say to you, too–something for your good.
Ask him to help you hear what it is and to give you the
courage to do what he is telling/leading you to do.
Whatever it is, you can be certain it will enrich your
life in one way or another.

Furthermore, whatever you do, don’t waste your pain.
Invest it in your own growth and then in helping
another fellow struggler along the way.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to see how
you want to use all the trials that come my way to help
me grow and change my life for the better. And please
help me never to waste my pain but to invest it wisely
in my own growth and in making me a more effective
helper to other fellow strugglers. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’
name, amen."

1. James 1:2-4 (TLB).
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