Quote of the Day: Accepting Chronic Suffering

I should read this once a day for a while.

Acceptance means that I allow the process to transform me into the image of God’s Son. It means that I’m willing to let go of who I think I ought to be, and become who God wants me to be. The more we fight our pain and sorrow, the more tense we become and the more the pain is amplified.

Most of us are conditioned in this society to have a “wanting mind.”

Many of us try to get out of pain as fast as we can, so we can be more “useful” to God. Yet God reminds us again and again throughout Scripture that his greatest treasure fills earthen vessels, in order to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us (2 Corinthians 4:7). In our weakness we are strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

–Tim Hansel, You Gotta Keep On Dancin’

We tend to ask, “How can God use me if I can’t do anything?” Can you pray? Isn’t that one of the most important things? If you can’t pray because of mental difficulties, God will still glorify himself in believers. Who are we to question what God is doing (Job 9:12, Daniel 4:35)? It’s not up to us as to how God will use us (Ephesians 2:10). These are things I need to tell myself.

You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price.
1 Corinthians 6:19a-20b

4 Responses to “Quote of the Day: Accepting Chronic Suffering”


  1. 1 Eric

    Great quote – I especially like the part about being “willing to let go of who I think I ought to be, & become who God wants me to be.” I think I need to camp on that thought for a while. That’s also true that we don’t even know how God will want to use us. I have to remind myself I’m the clay, not the Potter.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Exactly. Me too.
    Jeff

  3. 3 Nikki

    Hey there. I peruse your site from time to time and I appreciate alot of your posts. For that, I thank you. As it is, I happened to see the “Also see…” portion of this particular post. Just a word from one who’s been deceived in the past, Kenneth Boa is a proponant of contemplative prayer, otherwise known as listening prayer and some other names. This type of prayer is unbiblical and opens the door to some spiritual dangers. It’s a subtle deception, but deception nonetheless. So as a sister in Christ to a brother in Christ, I pray your discernment antennae are up when you or your readers read Boa.
    In Him,
    Nikki

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Oh no. I had a feeling I should have looked at that more carefully. I’m not familiar with him. I fully agree with you on contemplative prayer and will take down the link. Thank you for letting me know.
    Jeff

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