Have you ever considered the benefits of pain? We can all readily see the downside. It hurts. In an earlier post about Discipline, I quoted a favorite saying of body builders - Pain is just weakness leaving the body. That's a clever way of saying - You're getting stronger by putting yourself through this misery. And believe me, every time I step on a treadmill, it's misery for me. I don't 'run for fun', as you may hear some people say. However, when I get finished - especially if I lasted the whole 2 miles - I am glad. Not just glad that it's over, but glad for my accomplishment.
I stuck it out. I endured.
I got a little stronger.
I got a benefit from pain.
Without pain, you wouldn't even survive life. One of the reasons dentists tell you not to eat anything after having dental work that required anesthesia is because you might chew your tongue off without realizing it. That picture is an actual x-ray of my hand taken just yesterday. If you click on it, you may be able to make out one of the two breaks at the base of the index finger. If I didn't experience pain, I would have kept playing (as I tried to do) and possibly lost total use of that finger. Pain protects you.
The challenge for us is to take those things we view as painful and use them for good. From a physical perspective, I won't play tennis on a court that has leaves on it again. That's a self-inflicted pain that I want to avoid. But more importantly, there are spiritual. intellectual and emotional Opportunities we encounter every day that extend to us the invitation to grow.
Will we rail against God or Fate for our sorry lot in life?
Or will we take full advantage of the Pain Benefit?