I’ve gone through a fair amount of physical pain lately, which made me realize something: pain is one of the biggest prioritizers in my life. Physical pain will cause us to stop whatever we’re doing and go to the hospital. Traumatic emotional pain will shut off our mind almost completely as we attempt to deal with the onslaught of feelings or numbness. And as scripture tells us, the pain of being distant from God or being disobedient to Him can have drastic consequences both immediately and eternally.
One of my favorite quotes from my wife is about pain, and what it’s purpose is: “Pain is your body’s way of telling you to pay attention to it.” It’s a very simple, but very applicable lesson to most things in life. Pain = attention. When something goes wrong long enough to grow into a big problem, or when an intense event happens that immediately stops the normal function of something, some sort of pain is usually the result. It’s a big neon arrow that say’s “YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION RIGHT HERE”.
So what should we pay attention to exactly?
I believe there are four elements that we need to…Continue Reading