The taste of my pain is sour
Embrace it I will
with courage and determination
For I know that only through
the struggles undergone
of trials and sufferings
of body and soul
The trickle of salty tears
Anguish of heart and facing fears
will there once again shine a ray of hope
and the muscle of faith will be strengthened
Do you find yourself trying to flee the afflictions of life? Pain and suffering? Sadness and hurt? I used to detest these times. Of course, nobody really wants to experience pain. And the pain I’m talking of here isn’t in the physical sense, but the emotional sense. The pain of the soul. Of the heart.
After 40 years of life, I’ve learned that pain is inevitable. I’m trying to accept it as something that is strengthening though. Just as a body builder lifts weight to make his muscles grow, if he stops training, his muscles will atrophy. Pain and suffering builds muscle, and in the absence of it, we remain weak and shallow.
As a Christian I can also use this analogy for my faith. If I don’t undergo the trials and sufferings that this earthly life has in store for me, my faith will not grow, in fact it will just weaken.
So I will embrace the pain. I will let it grow me. I will allow it to shape me into a person of perseverance, character and tenacity.
How do you feel about pain? Emotional pain? Pain of the heart and of the soul? Do you allow yourself to be defeated by it? Or do you allow it to cause growth and maturity?
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