No Pain vs. Gain

Do we live a grin and bear it life, or a believe and share it life?

David did not have to be eaten by the Lions before he got the message.

1 Peter 2:21 shares; ” For even hereunto were ye called;  because Christ also suffered for us, leaving an example you should follow in His steps.”  Even Wordsworth appears to take  a similar view; “Action is a transitory a step, a blow. The motion of muscle, this way or that – ’tis done, and the after-vacancy we wonder at ourselves like a man betrayed. Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, and shares the nature of infinity”. What a declaration of pessimism Wordsworth makes. Christ suggests our trip to the cross be figurative in that we “die” to our old selves. That we don’t have to carry it to our graves.

I’m afraid that I am a consummate optimist. Some have said that I don’t take life seriously. Correction ! I take Grace seriously. I coined the phrase long ago and share it when I can; “Fate says, “Whatever will be, will be.” Faith says ; ” Yes,  but it will be wonderful ! ”

Some may believe that the greatest lessons are learned when we experience hardships and pain: Believing we will not truly experience healing until the “unfortunate” happens. I’m convinced that we can learn even more from love, growth and grace; that we should pray for and expect it, rather than  endure privation and wear a “hair shirt”.

I close with a personal note, not totally unrelated to the above. This is my 200th post on Christian Blessings. It ties into our “believe it and share it” part of our lives, and the amazing benefit of power and purpose through posting, shared by every one of our beloved contributors and readers. We all, as Christians, need a platform to share the good news. Fortunate are we to have found it. Psalm 1:19 declares; Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path”.

Speaking of feet; Blessed are the feet of those like Evelyn’s, our founder, who has tread the sometimes steep and arduous path of finding and funding, persuading and publishing, commenting and caring. May they move you into the next decade. And, may those same feet take you to Israel soon.  I’m sure I speak for all of us. Thank you dear.


About 4hispraise

I am quite simply a child of our Lord God. What good that I have done or may do, I pray will reflect solely on the presence of The Holy Spirit who speaks for me in all things.

4 Responses to No Pain vs. Gain

  1. 4hispraise says:

    It does get easier to write. Not so much that we “get” anything by ourselves . When the Spirit within us finds that we are open and responsive; when we LISTEN, He speaks through us. There is always more where that came from…. you’re stuck with us..

  2. Believing, sharing, and loving every minute of it! Blessings!

  3. Congrats on 200 posts here. That made me check on mine. I now have 196 but only 39 here on ChristianBlessings. I endorse your remarks about Evelyn and praise God for what she has done and is doing here.

    I agree we have no option but to praise God for what He allows us to accomplish in His service – incredible, impossible things – achieved ONLY because He engineered, empowered and enabled.

    What a tremendous privilege!
    What an amazing God!

  4. ptl2010 says:

    I subscribe too with the believe and share it life for if our beliefs are worth anything they should give us insight worth living and sharing about. If we do not live or share them, what are we living for?
    Yes, it is the process rather than just the destination that we should not just endure but enjoy. Praise the Lord that is what He wants for us – that is why He promises us abundant life here and we do not have to wait till we get to heaven.

    CONGRATULATIONS UM, I would have missed your 200th blog accomplishment – thank you for rerminding us, for yes it IS an accomplishment of discipline, thought and sharing of the grace of God and an example to follow. Those who are striving for their first 100th blog, let me encourage you, as UM can testify, it gets easier as the blogs go by. I am looking forward to the next 100 blogs from UM and to learn from his wealth of experience that the Lord has given to him. I say thank you to all our Contributors for adding so much of their testimony of God’s impact in their lives which others can enjoy here at ChristianBlessings. Hang in there and keep on blogging as He blesses you so in collaboration we can bring more to believe and share to the glory of God.

    I say Amen to the last paragraph of UM’s blog.. the Lord has indeed blessed me and taken me to places I never would have dreamed, and I have no option (unless I would be like the Dead Sea) in appreciation for the daily draws from His spring of living water, but to turn around and pass on to all who come in my path and I pray it has always been a blessing for you. Looking forward to walk the places where Jesus walked in December 2012. It will be an experience worth living, sharing and talking about for years to come, God willing.. My praise and heartfelt thanks to the Lord forevermore.

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