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How to cope with suffering

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I’m not an expert at this matter but one thing I’m sure of is that there are a lot of sufferings that are happening in this world. How we suffer may vary from personal experiences and degree. Someone who is bored may consider it to be suffering already, for some it may be the death of a loved one while for a few it may be about injustices done to them. I don’t know.

Another thing that is for sure is that no one likes to suffer. Do you want to suffer? The problem is suffering is inevitable. So since suffering is inevitable, the question now shifts from “How do I remove suffering in my life?” to “How do I cope with my sufferings?”

As I was reading my Bible earlier, I read Isaiah 53. It talks about the sufferings of Christ:

Isaiah 53:3 (NIV)
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain…

Isaiah 53:4 (NIV)
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.

If there was any person who suffered the most in this life then that would be Christ. Also, the noteworthy thing about him was he didn’t deserve any of the sufferings he had to go through. Isaiah 53:4 says he BORE our sufferings. As I look upon the sufferings of Jesus, then any kind of suffering that I may complain about easily diminishes. Especially the ones where I’m just inconvenienced.

Now I may not know what you are going through right now but I hope and pray that even as life gives you the biggest trials there is, then you would look to Jesus and his sufferings because Isaiah also says this:

Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

We are healed because of his wounds and by looking at his wounds and sufferings then that will help you cope with all the sufferings life may bring.

Good morning to you! 🙂

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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Life Lessons, Uncategorized

 

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Until the last moment (Learnings from the recently concluded NBA Finals series)

ImageThe Miami Heat were down 5 points with 28 seconds left in regulation. At this point, I was thinking: “There will never be another Michael Jordan, Lebron James can never match what MJ did.” In my mind, Miami Heat was a big disappointment and it would have been a bittersweet ending to their “Big Three” era. Statistics have shown that Miami had a 1.4% chance of winning that game. It was a very slim chance, indeed a lot of Miami Heat fans already left the building.

However, in a remarkable turn of events, over the next few possessions we find ourselves in a tie-game with less than 5 seconds remaining. It was amazing! It was one of the best games I ever watched in my entire life. That Ray Allen three had me jumping all around the living room! There were just no words. Miami Heat went on the win game 6 and eventually the Finals as well.

All that being said, I think the obvious learning we can get here is that we never quit until the end. We give it our best and leave everything on the floor until that final buzzer sounds. Imagine if Lebron, Ray Allen or Cris Bosh had quit with less than 28 seconds to go? The Spurs would have been champions already, but because of Lebron James’ tenacity and a never say die attitude the Miami Heat are where they are right now: Back-to-Back Champions.

I’m going to apply the same attitude in life. That I will give everything my best shot every single day. I’m going to try to improve more and more and so on and so forth. What’s most important is my faith because there will be a lot of things in this world that will challenge what I believe in. At 26 years old and having been attending and growing in Christ for more than 5 years already there are just times when sometimes it gets routinary. Also, there’ll be storms in life that will hit me which may cause me to want to quit. When faced with these things, what should we do? Paul said in 1 Timothy 6:12: “Fight the good fight of faith”. My small group leader always told us, that faith is a fight. Just like the NBA Finals sometimes it’s going to be an uphill battle with our life but the question is: Will we keep on fighting until the very end?

The good news is, with Christ we are assured of our victory but will we believe in that promise? Will we keep fighting the good fight of faith? If we give up, maybe just like that NBA Finals, that outcome would have been different. 🙂

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Life Lessons, Uncategorized

 

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