DayBreaks for 6/16/17: Places You Never Knew Existed
From the DayBreaks archive, 2007:
On June 4, I was blessed (for the second year in a row!) to participate in a fund raiser for a nearby mission that provides shelter, training, food and spiritual guidance to many who have lost their way in life. They do a great work, and each year they do a fundraiser that is called Extreme Golf. On that day, those of us who have signed up to raise pledge money, go out and run around a golf course like crazy people, with the goal of playing 100 holes of golf in 8 hours or less. What a thrill!
But now (this was written on 6/6), I have been reminded of lessons I learned last year during this event:
FIRST: Sometimes people hurt in places you never knew existed. My body has aches and pains right now that I didn’t have on early Monday morning before the event. It’ll continue that way for a few days, I can tell. People all over hurt – and the greatest hurts aren’t in the physical body, but in the heart and mind of humanity. Perhaps the greatest hurt of all is hopelessness – when people have been so beaten down that they have given up any idea of it ever getting better. That’s when many are willing to finally accept Christ because they have learned that nothing else works. But unless we’re on the lookout for signs of pain in people (wincing and groaning have been my signs the last few days!) we will likely pass by them not even realizing they’ve been beaten. But heaven have mercy on us if we know they’ve been beaten and pass by anyway.
SECOND: Pain is good. It is a reminder that we are alive and not dead. Dead people feel no pain. We shouldn’t give up on people who are in great pain. They’re still alive and pain can lead to changes.
THIRD: Pain is also a reminder that we are to become like Him in His suffering. I don’t think that is specifically referring to physical pain, but that may be a part of it. Paul, in Philippians 3:10 put it this way: I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death… In our hurts, suffered for the cause of God, we become like Christ. And God certainly knows how much I need more of that!!!!
There is pain all around you. There is pain on the golf course, in your school, in your work, in your family – and yes, in your church. The world is awash in pain. All we have to do is open our eyes and see it. Will you take the risk of joining Christ in his sufferings for the world? You don’t have to travel to India or the Congo or Peru, all you have to do is open your heart and eyes, and you’ll see it. The question is: what will we do about it?
I’m eager for this event to come around again next year. May I be as eager to bear pain for Him all year long.
PRAYER: Father, let us become like Christ – willing to bear any burden, to carry any suffering – for the privilege of becoming like Him in His death, so that we may also attain unto His resurrection. Help us to be sensitive to the pain of others and do all we can to point them to the One who can, and will, heal all hurts some glorious day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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