When I was in Basic Training (Boot Camp), I had a drill sergeant that would yell, “pain is weakness leaving the body,” as he smoked us in the sandpit. Now for those of you who have never served in the military, let me define what “smoked” is. To be smoked is to have an individual wearing a park ranger hat bestow physical torment upon you. This physical torment includes, push-ups, sit-ups, flutter kicks, jumping jacks or any other awful exercise that comes to their mind.
HOOAH!!! Just the thought of those smoke sessions make my neck tighten but it also brings a smile to my face. I smile because I remember that it was around the 3rd week of boot camp that I realized that I could do 27 push-ups without stopping.
Now, this is the same “soldier” that couldn’t do a single…and I mean zero push-ups during the first week. You see, every time I struggled to lift my body up and down in that 96 degree Fort Jackson sandpit, my body was being conditioned. And even though I had sand in places that it shouldn’t be, I learned to appreciate the smoke sessions. Yes, I was in pain. However, weakness truly was leaving my body. I was getting stronger and stronger.
As in the physical realm, so is it in the spiritual realm. In life, we all go through painful situations….sickness, divorce, loss of a loved one, financial hardships, etc. The pain from these situations can seem unbearable.
But, know that there is purpose in your pain.
The pain is only a symptom of the situation. It does not feel good because it is not supposed to. It exists to remind you that you are human. It exists to remind you that life is not always fair. It exists to draw you closer to God.
The purpose of your pain is to push you to your next level…a higher level. It may remove you from a damaging, toxic or hurtful situation. It may help someone else so that they do not have to go through the same thing. It may show you that there is something greater.
If you press through the pain, you will become stronger spiritually, emotionally, mentally and even physically. If you allow the pain to teach you the lesson, without allowing seeds of bitterness and resentment to take root, it will condition your mind, spirit and soul. You will begin handling painful situations in ways that you never thought you would or could.
Now drop and give me 20….or you can just keep living abundantly 😉