Turn Your Deepest Pain into Your Greatest Gain

ChapelOur natural reaction to pain and suffering is to avoid it.  Failing that, we seek ways to restore comfort and control.  Seldom do we realize  that something “good” can come from the “bad” things in our life.  I appreciated the opportunity to talk in our DTS chapel service about the overarching good that can be at work in the midst of our suffering.  Click on the photo above to watch the 20-minute video.

While preparing for this talk, I came across an excellent new book, Why, O God?, which provides more extensive insights on suffering.    For Bookexample, Dr. Mark Bailey’s chapter lists 50 examples of the sufferings of Christ prior to his final week that we call his Passion.  In two other chapters, Joni Eareckson Tada writes about what she has learned from her life as a quadriplegic.  Greg Hatteburg writes about how he deals with his wife’s MS.  Several chapters show what the Bible has to say about suffering, in the Pentateuch, in the Gospels, in Paul’s writings, etc.

If you’re suffering, this book addresses questions that could bring you encouragement.  If you’re not suffering, it can prepare you mentally and spiritually for its inevitability.

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One Response to Turn Your Deepest Pain into Your Greatest Gain

  1. leejagers says:

    A dear brother in the Lord wrote in with this:

    I have a story of suffering that has been a blessing. On January 20th, 2012, my daughter was killed in a tragic accident in my home. She was accidentally shot by one of my son’s with a pellet gun. I wish it didn’t happen; I certainly would like to have Ellie here right now, to love and to nurture. But, she is with Jesus, home, and we’ll meet again soon enough.

    In the meantime, since that day, I’ve found Jesus, my sons have found Jesus. I’ve started a ministry called Ellie’s Way to serve families in tragic circumstances. I’m a co-leader of our GriefShare group. I seek out the suffering and provide comfort to the best of my ability. I say all these things, not to boast, but to share all the ways that our tragedy has turned my life into something I would have never understood before Ellie’s death. I’m letting God lead my life and I am in awe of what He has done, and just wonder what else He will do. Each day is exciting in a way that I’ve never known.

    Please take a look at http://www.ElliesWay.org to see what we are up to.

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