“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
Traumatic events in life can completely rock us to the crux of identity; the foundation and most important part of who we are. Fundamentals gain value while complexity and elaborate entanglements become dull. Trauma makes us reorganize our priorities; altering our presence. Instead of being able to love, appreciate, focus, perform, or help others – we become stagnant and lifeless.
When you are faced with pain, don’t pray for God to remove or change the circumstances. Pray for strength and endurance to bear your cross. Your pain causes you to pray; that gives God all the more glory.
Understand that your pain will someday be useful. If necessary, convince yourself that pain is a motivator. Pain awakens and activates success. Wealth, a healthy marriage, and good relationships are the byproducts of agony and distress.
Confront your trauma and pain head on. Embrace your burdens; thank your misfortunes for the imminent dividends!