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INDISPENSABLE PAIN , NONE MAY BE MORE PARADOXICAL THAN HURTING AND ANNIHILATING PAIN CAUSING DESTRUCTION YET IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR POSITIVE LEADERSHIP AS BISHOP ROGER CHUNG JAOMALAZA IS PHYSICALLY TASTING THE LORD...PS 34:8
 
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May 24, 2010

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] 


Wisdom for the Wounded

“Indispensable Pain” - none may be more paradoxical than pain. At first, this does not seem to be an essential or positive idea for leadership survival. Yet, on further consideration, we should all see that pain and wounds are crucial to our maturity and longevity. . It may be indispensable, but it is rarely welcome. Yet God uses it for good. Consider these paradoxical truths about the role of pain in our lives:



•Wounds are the preface to true greatness.
•Before God can remake us, He must first break us.
•Leaders tested by adversity are able to understand and minister to those they serve.
•Authentic, high-impact ministry results from an honest admission of the hard-earned lessons of life.
•Before you bless, you must bleed; before you can help, you must first hurt.
• Our wounds become tender scabs; but later, empowering scars.
•Through our wounds God notarizes our leadership as true and authoritative.


C. S. Lewis said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Pain is God’s way of awakening and shaping leaders as well. Seasoned and enduring leaders always have stories of pain and loss that have powerfully shaped their character, approach, and longings.



“God can use a man greatly; He must first wound him deeply.” Oswald Chambers was right when he taught, “If we are ever going to be made into wine, we will have to be crushed — you cannot drink grapes. Grapes become wine only when they have been squeezed.” Charles Spurgeon understood this when he wrote, “I am certain that I never did grow in grace one-half so much anywhere as I have upon the bed of pain.” Before God can remake us, He must first break us. The truly lasting lessons are learned through suffering. Wounds are the preface to true greatness. Just a few of the many biblical examples convince us:



•Job lost his family and fortunes and endured painful misunderstanding from friends before he was blessed with a deeper knowledge of God and the restoration of his life.
• Joseph was rejected by family and forgotten in a prison he did not deserve before he saved the day for Egypt .
•Moses endured the desert in forty years of obscurity and bewilderment before he became the great leader of Israel ’s deliverance.
•David ran for his life many years, facing painful rejection and perplexing delays, before he became Israel ’s king.
•Hosea endured the pain of repeated infidelity after marrying a prostitute before he became a powerful prophet.
•Peter felt the regret and brokenness of his own failed loyalty before he preached with power at Pentecost.
•Paul was blind, broken, and banished on the backside of a desert in preparation for his world-changing ministry of church planting and inspired biblical writing. He became even stronger through the weakness of a nagging thorn in his flesh. “From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” (Galatians 6:17).


The marks of pain are a crucial component of every leadership survival kit. Remember them. Trust them. They are your friends through the turbulent seasons of life. Perhaps it will provide the encouragement you need today as you receive God’s grace in your pain, and His wisdom to “defy gravity” in the midst of life’s storms. Embracing your Wounds



From the book “Defying Gravity” by Daniel Henderson