Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Purpose of Pain- An Emotional Reality


I started this little series a while back, the first post is entitled, Thoughts on the purpose of pain. I've been thinking about it a lot more lately and thought I'd share a bit more.

There are days when we all feel all feel pain as a part of our daily experience and it’s never easy. One of of the more challenging types of pain we must endure in life has everything to do with emotional pain. We all have encountered this and I’m sure that there are some out there that are experiencing this type of pain today.

This type of pain has always boggled my mind and I’ve never really understood why we must endure it in life. Many say that we endure this type of pain because, in the end, God will use that pain to bring honor to his name. I’ve always thought that was kind of selfish. Why should we endure pain just so God can be glorified. It’s never really made any since to me. I see it every day on social media, sometimes from youth or children I’ve worked with in throughout my life and other times I see it blasted all over the news stations and even in those closest to me.

I’ve never really believed that enduring emotional pain was something that we as humans should have to endure.  The reality though is that we live in a world that is surrounded by pain. Emotional Pain feeds on our hearts and our souls. It takes over the deepest part of our inner most being and often causes another type of pain, physical. We can hurt so much emotionally that it spills over into our stomach and becomes almost unbearable.  

It is the reason we are seeing so many more suicidal deaths in the world today. Just the other day I read a story about someone who jumped onto some train tracks and just stood their as the train ran him over.  I couldn’t believe it, as soon as I read this my heart sunk and tears started slipping down my cheek. For someone to be in so much emotional pain that they would be willing to endure such a death like this was unbearable to me.

I thought about that person for the rest of the day and wondered what could have happened to the person, or if there had been one more person willing to reach out to that man or woman and listen for once. We get so wrapped up in the world around us that we often forget to reach out to those around us. We get so focused on our own goals in life that we lose sight of those that need a friend or two to reach out to them in their time of need.

It got me thinking about the emotional pain that has taken it’s toll on my life and I am beginning to realize, if there hadn’t been those special people in my life who took the time to listen to my brokenness, and those that do when I feel it today. I ask myself, would it have became so bad that I might have done something similar to what that person did in the news story.

Honestly, I really don’t know, all I can really say is that I’m blessed to have those that are willing to listen and help me work through the times of emotional pain that have come, gone and one day be back again. I guess the reason behind this post is to simply say, emotional pain is real and it affects all of us. My challenge for you would be to take the time, this person whom ever it was will never have that time again. Regardless of who it was, their story should motivate us to do better in life. I know it motivates me.

Are you willing? Will you open your heart? Can you be emotional with me? Let’s accept it and embrace a better future for ourselves and everyone else.… Until next post check out these books on pain and suffering...

Blessings in Christ and Thanks again for visiting us at "The Gathering Room."

"Times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord." 45.3.20

M.J. Elliott

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