Don’t Waste Your Pain

This statement immediately caught my eye this morning as I began reading:

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed.” Romans‬ ‭8:18-19‬ ‭CSB‬‬

I could not help but apply this scripture to our current situation.

The teacher within me always believe there is a lesson to be learned in every situation. I am a firm believer that we should not waste our pain.

I don’t want to make light of the pain, the uncertainty, the profound loneliness many of you are experiencing. I understand the struggle is truly real. But nonetheless, the teacher-exhorter within me wants to encourage you not to waste this season complaining, mindlessly watching TV, accepting despair’s invitation. But I encourage you to allow His glory to be revealed within you.

I was talking with fellow teachers the other day. This situation is extremely difficult for us. We have to learn a new way of teaching in a short period of time. But I said to them, “Yes, this is hard but we are going to come out on the other side better, more equipped teachers.” I am determined not to waste this pain, even professionally.

I encourage you to ask three questions everyday.

1. Lord, what lesson are you teaching me today?
2. How can I be a blessing to someone today?
3. Father, Give me a greater revelation of who you are.

Then pay attention throughout the day and allow him to answer.

The world eagerly awaits our “coming out” party. The question remains, when this is over (and it will be over soon) will you emerge:

Bitter or better?
Dull or sharp?
Witless or Wiser?
Restless or refreshed?
Frazzled or peaceful?
Weak or strong?
Deflated or energized?
Despairingly or joyful?

The choice is yours. Don’t waste your pain, because if you do, the enemy wins twice.