It's not often that you hear the words pain and passion together. I don't know too many people, if any, who would say they are passionate about being in pain. The only group of people I can think of might be tattoo junkies who get excited about the pain of getting some new ink.
This is my big brother. He has a lot of ink. Both arms covered and a large piece on his back. Some would say he is passionate about pain but he would probably say that the pain is worth enduring for the end result. A beautiful piece of story-telling art. I agree. I have a couple of tattoos myself but the pain tattoos cause to our bank account outweighs the pain of the needle. So for now I remain a mostly blank canvas:)
The kind of pain I'm thinking about today is not necessarily the physical kind but rather, the emotional kind. The kind of pain caused by broken relationships, broken families, broken marriages, and broken dreams. Even broken finances can cause us emotional pain. Why so much brokenness? Because we are broken people living in a broken world. That is our reality.
But is it possible for something good to come from our brokenness? Can that something eventually turn into our passion? I think so.
Recently I was watching a video teaching from a well-known female teacher in the "church world" and she made this statement that rocked my world.
"Sometimes God can turn our pain into our passion."
Wow. Have you ever thought about that? That is a powerful thought. The fact that God can take our pain, heal us, and then turn that pain into something we are passionate about advocating for or maybe even fighting against gives me much hope.
Let me give you some examples.
Maybe you are someone who comes from an abusive home (physically, emotionally, or sexually). God can take that pain and turn it into passion and use you and your story to stand alongside people who have gone through the same thing.
Maybe you are someone who has lost a parent, sibling, or even a child. God can take that pain and turn it into passion and use you and your story to stand alongside people who have or are currently going through the same heart-breaking experience.
Maybe you are someone who has been to hell and back in your marriage but somehow you stuck it out, continued to love your spouse, and have seen great things happen because of that. God can take that pain and turn it into passion and use you and your story to stand alongside people who feel like their is no hope left in their own marriage.
I could go on and on with examples of how God can turn our pain into our passion but I'm sure you get the point. He wants to take the broken pieces of our lives, put them back together (in a sense), and then use us to love other people amidst their brokenness.
So where's the pain in your life? Past or present. Will you allow God to turn that pain into a passion? Will you allow Him to use your pain to help others through theirs?
*My friend Hayley, at The Tiny Twig, is blogging about Passion for the next couple weeks. Really looking forward to hearing what she has to say.
Thanks for listening,