Pain defines purpose. Do you agree? If you had asked me this question a couple years ago, I would have responded with a “Definitely not”. But today, many years later and experiences of failures and successes that I have encountered here in Medical School, I can say I agree.
When one encounters pain they learn something about themselves that they wouldn’t have otherwise known in moments of ease and comfort- as explained in the book The 15 Invaluable laws of Growth by John Maxwell. I believe that Crisis does not create a man it merely exposes what already is.
Pain gives us an opportunity to be resolute in our purpose or to quit all together. I mean who enjoys pain? Unless you are a sadistic person, very few people actually do. However, it’s in moments of pain that you actually ask yourself some hard questions. Is it worth it? I have asked myself this question so many times over the last few years, many times I couldn’t answer in the affirmative. I have chosen to do a medical degree in a different country, different language and I have faced some challenges, encountered failures, cried some tears and wondering is it all worth it to continue?
During those moments I have been led to other questions. What does God want for me? What can I learn during these moments about myself and the character of God? These responses defines and fuels my purpose. I believe that God has a plan for my life, even in moments that I may not understand. I know He holds my tomorrow so I won’t retrieve to what I know is safe or comfortable.
It is important to learn that life is not the way it is supposed to be and that’s the way it is as stated by John Maxwell. Instead of focusing on the few things that cannot be done, focus instead on the many things that can be done. It is important to take responsibility and learn from our experiences in order to grow. Find a healthy way to overcome and deal with pain. Don’t allow life to be defined by pain, Let’s use it to fuel the purpose of our lives.
Do not throw a pity party, it doesn’t matter who shows up. Let’s keep fighting knowing God is on our side. Growth is our responsibility. There are persons with less recourses and more struggles getting it done. What’s our excuse? Instead of saying why is this happening? Say what can I learn here? I trust that our life will be better for it. Pain may be inevitable but living purposefully is a choice. Let’s choose purpose!