Barbara Higby

Purpose in the Pain

Not without Purpose #2

Complete: full, satisfied, finished, not lacking, total, thorough, whole, proficient, having all necessary parts … perfect.

Is there an adjective in this list you do not want in your life? I didn’t think so. I read these words and they sound too good to be true. I want to be complete, with a full, satisfied heart and the joy it gives. But when I read James, I’m not too thrilled with how he says I can attain this completion.

In the opening words of his letter he wrote, “Consider it pure joy… whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4, emphasis mine).

Trials? Testing? Sounds like pain to me. But the beauty is, there’s purpose in the pain.

When I walk through the pain, I become the person I want to be—complete, full, satisfied—on my way to perfection. Pain has a purifying effect on my life and points me to a beautiful tomorrow when all pain will be forgotten and the day of my perfection will come.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Rev. 21:4

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