Get Up or Lay Down

A Necessary Pain

When a situation or a series of situations are so painful that you go into emotional shock, they seemingly only offer two options: Get Up or Lay Down. Why not just collapse, falling face first into the myriad of broken pieces of your life? What is the use of holding on? Not just holding on, but using the heat to simultaneously promote growth and healing. The struggle has been unbearable, but somehow we’ve continued in excellence. Issues are insurmountable, yet we find ourselves on the precipice of God’s promises. Hallelujah! To rise is to channel the pain for ones’ own benefit. If one becomes the object of their own focus, self-pity may set in. Rising means that the individual must fix their gaze upon Jesus, endure the influx of emotions, and let the pain fuel their praise.

Who collapses? Those who verbalize faith, but never have taken God at…

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