When You Have A Pain, Don’t Be One

Carlene, my wife often says, “When you have a pain, don’t be one.” In this “selfie” age, it seems everyone complains and compares their aches, pains, and operations with each other. Sometimes you ask, “How’s it going?” Then thirty minutes later, you wish you had not asked. Dave Ramsey has a good reply, he says, “Better than I deserve.” One woman said, “When I feels good, I feels bad, because I knows I’m going to feel bad again.” Some even sing, “Gloom, and agony and despair. If it wasn’t for bad luck, I would have no luck at all.” I like the thought, “Be grateful when you are feeling good, and graceful when you are feeling bad.” Paul and Silas in prison could sing, “Singing in the pain.” Or, “Into each life a little pain must fall.” What is worse than a complaining church member? Answer: Acomplaining pastor, deacon, or missionary. Why? Because we should know better! A deacon said to the pastor, “It won’t work.” The pastor replied, “Just once, I wish you would say something positive.” The deacon said, “Well, I am positive it won’t work.” Professor G.W. of Harvard University urges that more studies be made of happy, healthy people instead of the sick, anxious, and complaining people. Most studies are of criminals, but few of law abiders. Many of fear, but few of courage. We need to have more positive studies of the happy and healthy.” Oswald Chambers said, “It is a great thing to see physical courage, and greater still to see moral courage. But the greatest to see of all is spiritual courage; oh, to see a person who will stand true to the integrity of Jesus Christ no matter what he or she goes through!” It is not what happens to you, but in you that makes the difference. How many complaining Christians do you know? How many contented Christians do you know? Paul said, “For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound… I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phil. 4:11-13). I often say, “The greatest testimony is a changed, consistent, and contented Christian life. So let’s learn a lesson, “When we have a pain, don’t be one!”

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