Pain is part of life. Living in misery is a choice I make.
Someone said it in a different way long before me. Looking for its author, I find that no one actually knows. Perhaps because it is a truth we all need to acknowledge sometime in our lives. Hopefully, we learn it early rather than later.
Here is a quote whose author I do know:
“Instead of being broken and miserable, I chose to be invested.” — Shelley Gigleo.
I wrote that one down. There were seasons I lived broken and miserable. I don’t berate myself for that since it was difficult circumstances, grief I needed to work through. But one can’t stay there too long without consequences.
In some way, I too chose to be invested. Looking back on how that mindset settled on me, I can only attribute it to my God.
He is the Father of compassion and understanding of my suffering. He weeps with those who weep. He comforts the hurting. He is near to the broken-hearted.
He sees our pain and walks with us in the vally of the shadow of death. He is the Shepherd who brings us to still water and to resting in green pastures.
But He is also the One who calls me to courage, commands me to “fear not,” and offers me an abundant life.
Jesus said it this way: “In this world you will have trouble.” It’s a given. We can’t avoid trouble, pain, sorrow in this broken world of ours.
Jesus said those things so I could live at peace in a world bereft of it. He is the peace I need when tribulation comes my way, as it surely will.
But I don’t have to live in misery. I can rest in the arms of a Savior who has overcome all things. He is the Captain of the Lord’s army. He is the Victor over sin, death, hell, and the grave. He has a strong arm to save me, to impart strength, to infuse me with power from on high, to enable me to do all things through Christ.
Pain is a part of life. Mine and yours. But we can choose to live in hope, joy, and peace, encompassed in the love of the Heavenly Father. All provided through Jesus Christ.