Pain is inevitable in this world. Nothing will eradicate it from our lives. Not even faith. The flesh loves to whisper this lie: if everything were adequate, you would never have to feel pain.

If we believe this lie, pain can control us. It can make us believe it is a condemnation of who we are. But a true perspective is that pain brings opportunity. Hurt comes with powerful potential.

If the pain is self-induced, there is an opportunity for self-examination and positive change. Hope is not about believing things will always be easy but believing that there will always be a path to good.

A true perspective is not shocked by the existence of pain. Knowing that pain is part of the journey (and not letting it shock us when it arrives) helps us have a healthy view of ourselves, our world, and the choices we make before, during and after the pain.

Truth is not bridled by ‘positive’ circumstances. It does not need things to be a certain way. Truth celebrates our expectations but leaves room for the inevitable moment when reality does not match up. In those moments, we are granted the opportunity to grow, to extend, and to discover more of the truth than we previously grasped. And with the truth comes freedom, and a greater and more fulfilled life.

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you.”
– 1 Peter 4:12