Too much thinking?
originally written 2 Feb 2001
added to first website 23 Feb 2003
Hi again.  Just laying in bed, trying to get rest to fight off this cold but thoughts keep whirling around in my head.  So, here I am, at the computer, trying to get them written down so I can sleep.  : )
I was thinking of the hurt in our lives.  Pain comes in so many different forms for so many different types of people.  I was struck with the thought that perhaps God allows pain to come into our lives to make us grow.  Not a new thought.  Ive heard others say it before, though I never totally understood.
Our purpose in life is to reach the lost with the Truth of Salvation.  Is it not?  All people, believers and nonbelievers alike, experience pain.  If we allow that pain to help us grow and not let it defeat us or make us bitter, we can use it to reach others who may be experiencing similar pain.  If we had not experienced that pain a couple of things would not happen:
 1) We may not be able to recognize pain in the lives of others and have no sympathy or empathy for them. 
 2) If we had not experienced something similar, that person who's hurting may not respond to our offers of help.  The pain works as a connector, a starting point, between two people.  The one who has already lived through it (and overcome it) can help the one who is still struggling and needs to know there is hope.  
Does this make any sense?  I still feel foggy today.  Wish this cold will go away soon.  It's getting really old!  : )
Thanking God for taking care of me today.  Too tired to go into all the details, but I can see His hand at work today.
What a blessing!  
Thanks again for letting me share with you.
~~Shirley
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