THE CAPACITY OF PAIN TO MAKE OR MAR YOU
“…I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.
This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept that No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.”
I think Steve Jobs’ eloquent narration clearly shows us that pain can make people. When we have the right attitude to pain, it can be turned to our advantage. Pain can become a blessing. Pain can be our stepping stone to a greater future. Pain however, has the capacity to make you, it also has the capacity to mar you, break you and destroy you. I’m sure we are all aware of that on personal levels.
“You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.” ― Joel Osteen
CAN PAIN BE OVERCOME?
Yes indeed, no doubt about that. Yes, pain can indeed be overcome and subdued. The difference is in our attitude towards it. Our attitude can reduce the destructive effect pain has on us. With the right attitudes, the effects of pain can be greatly subdued.
Jesus Christ taught us this lesson in a beautiful way.
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW…
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja