I recently heard this phrase when listening to a seminar. “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is not!” It sort of shocked me until I thought about it for a while. I had several questions and I thought you might be thinking the same thing so I outlined them in this blog post. Let me know what you think after you finish reading it. I’d love to hear from you concerning this topic.
What does that phrase mean? Isn’t suffering inevitable too? NO!
Suffering is not inevitable!
- pain does not come from the difficulties in life
- they come from our interpretations of those situations.
- We grieve over the loss of what could have been.
- We feel anxious and stressed when our mental picture of how things should be doesn’t line up with our reality. That’s where suffering actually comes from.
- Think about it. The Apostle Paul didn’t suffer at the end of his life. Church legends say he ran to the chopping block. He knew that he had finished his purpose and was ready to meet death.
- Now that’s a huge example of a painful experience without mental suffering!
Why is finding a purpose so important? – The Universal law of Create or Disintegrate
- At the beginning of time, God put into place a set of Universal Laws to govern life on Earth. One of them is “Create or Disintegrate.”
- Acorn story
- (Matthew 25) Parable of Talents
- (Proverbs 29:18) Without a vision people perish
Does everyone have a purpose?
- Yes! God has a purpose for everyone and it’s up to us to discover it.
- (Jeremiah 29:11) “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
- God has a plan for everyone. He gives each of us a purpose and the talents to fulfill it.
- You either use your talent or you lose it. It’s the same with humans. We must have a purpose in order to grow into the people God wants us to be. We won’t get there through apathy and procrastination.
- (Jeremiah 32:19b) …to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:”
Are you DOING anything?
What is a Life’s Mission Statement?
- Every major corporation has a mission statement that summarizes the aims and values of that company.
- Eulogies are written after death by other people and so many of them have nothing to say other than a list of relatives.
- What if you could write your life mission statement now and spend the next twenty years living up to it? What would your eulogy say then?
- God has a mission statement for each of us. What if you could see it? What would it say?
Finding your purpose will not take away the painful experiences of life, it will guide you through them and bring you back on course. Hope this helps you. I know it helped me.
Remember God loves you & so do I,
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