Pain = Purpose

“Saddle up your horses; we’ve got a trail to blaze. Through the wild blue yonder of God’s amazing grace.”

These are the epic opening lyrics to the corny Steven Curtis Chapman song entitled “The Great Adventure.” It’s cheesy and full of over-the-top backup vocals, but the lyrics still ring true – regardless of the hairstyle of lead singer.

The song says this:

Come on, get ready for the ride of your life
Gonna leave long-faced religion in a cloud of dust behind
And discover all the new horizons just waiting to be explored
This is what we were created for

Saddle up your horses; we’ve got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s amazing grace
Let’s follow our leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other – this is The Great Adventure

This is so true. I love it! “A life like no other.” Doesn’t that sound good? It does to me. Today I feel like I live a Great Adventure-style life. A life so far past anything I could have ever dreamed I could live. And you know what? It has nothing to do with money, status or success and everything to do with fully accepting my purpose and my pain.

This is the life I believe we are all called to live! When we fully embrace grace and fully release our guilt, then we’re embarking on a great adventure that will take us to places we only dreamed we could experience. It will place us perfectly in the path of a stranger who needs just what we can offer. It will give us talents we can use so effortlessly people will think we’re part alien. When you find yourself in the middle of God’s great adventure of grace, you’ll feel like you’re dreaming a dream so pure and perfect it could only come from a perfect Creator.

The adventure of grace is where we belong. It fits around us like a perfectly stitched set of footie pajamas. You slide into it and life just seems to make sense around you. Ego and pride seem meaningless, worry and doubt seem like wastes of time, and the solitude you used to despise becomes a welcome home. When you step into the grace of Jesus Christ, the world begins to make a lot more sense. Your life begins to make more sense; your past begins to make more sense.

Your pain will begin to make more sense.

Yes. I said pain.

How can a great life – one that makes perfect sense, that is filled with meaningful and significant relationships, that basically fits like a glove – have anything to do with pain?

For starters, pain is a universal affliction no human is privileged enough to escape. Every person who has taken even a brief tour on this planet has experienced pain at some point, and until we pass away, we will continue to experience it. We cannot escape pain. We can’t run from it, pay it off, ignore it, move away from it, yell at it until it cowers in submission, shop it away, drink it away, snort it away, eat it away, or push it away. Pain hits all of us. For most people, it hits us hard, it hits us early, and it keeps on hitting.

But it doesn’t have to keep you bound forever. Pain can be made purposeful. Pain can be the fuel that God uses to initiate the rescuing of your lost dreams.

Over the past several years, as I’ve journeyed through my own personal battle with pain and walked alongside hundreds of others, I’ve seen a theme in those who find a way to overcome and those who don’t. For the latter, it sucks. I hate it. I can’t stand to see someone hurting and feel useless. I want to put my hands on their shoulders and just scream, It doesn’t have to be this way! There is hope! You can have your dreams back!

But for the former, the pathway to peace is a beautiful journey that starts with a powerful word that changes everything. Hope. Hope gives you the courage to claim your pain, stare your past in the eyes and refuse to allow it to determine your destiny any longer. When you put your Hope in Jesus you begin to realize that there is nothing you can’t overcome and no past mistake that He won’t use to fuel your future. God will use your past pain to become your perfect purpose.

Addiction can’t stop you

Depression won’t slow you down

Anger begins to slip away

Hurt becomes forgiveness

Resentments bring new opportunity for growth

Hurts fuel your progress

Pain becomes purpose

Pain is a common ailment for humans. But we don’t have to let it steal our dreams and God given purpose any more. Claim your pain for what it is: experience. Claim your strength in the one who will never fail: Jesus. And let the new found HOPE in your life begin to change everything!

—-

This is an excerpt from my second book, Hope Changes Everything. To read more on pain, dreams and the purpose God has for your life pick up the book here…

Yesterday I Stopped Dreaming

I was looking through old blog posts last night and came across one that stopped me dead in my tracks. It was originally written on February 18, 2013 and you’ve got to read it.

If you’re feeling as though God is calling you to something greater, then read this NOW!

If you want to see how God can provide, then read this NOW!

If you need some inspiration this morning, then read this NOW! (more…)

“They” said it couldn’t be done

“They” said the telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. (Western union internal memo, l876)

“They” said the wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular? (David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920’s)

They” said the concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a “C,” the idea must be feasible. (A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

“They” said it couldn’t be done. A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make. (A response to Debbi Fields’ idea of staring Mrs. Fields Cookies.)

“They” said it couldn’t be done. There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home. (Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp, 1977)

“They” said it couldn’t be done. We don’t like their sound and guitar music is on its way out. (Decca Recording Co., rejecting the Beatles, 1962)

“They” said it couldn’t be done. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” (Lord Kelving, president, Royal Society, 1895)

“They” said it couldn’t be done. If I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this. (Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M Post-It Note Pads.)

“They” said it couldn’t be done. Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground and try to find oil.? You’re crazy. (Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in l859)
“They” said it couldn’t be done. There is no way he can stay sober for more than a few weeks….

Boy were “THEY” wrong!

Today, I want you to know that “THEY” don’t know what “THEY” are talking about it. “THEY” don’t know your spirit, your courage, your fight, your determination, your grit, your hustle, your fearless attitude. How hard you work, how much you plan, how BIG you dream. “THEY” don’t how far you’ve come, how bad you want it, how willing you are to change, how much you’ve already overcome, how focused you are on succeeding, how nothing will stand in the way of you reaching your goals.

But most importantly “THEY” don’t know your God. Because if they did, “THEY” would know, that anything is possible! That’s right ANYTHING!

So go chase your dreams today! Go start changing the world!

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! – Ephesians 3:20 (the message)


Search LanceLang.com

Available Today!

Finding Hope Book

LanceLang.com Archives