“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” _Winston Churchill
Have you ever seen a little child running and suddenly trip and fall? Almost invariably they will get up look themselves over to see if they are okay and if everything seems to be working they go running off to wherever it is they were going.
However, if they decide they’re not okay, their little faces cloud up and they begin to cry and start looking for their mother.
Adults could learn something from little children.
What adults most often do is look around to see if anyone saw them fall. If someone did, they quickly get up, act like nothing happened, and keep walking.
Now, there’s something to be said for “playing hurt”, for taping up the wound, taking something for the pain, and getting back in the game. But do that long enough and you will do irreparable damage. There comes a time that you have to sit one out and let your body heal.
The same is true in all of life.
I’ve observed people doing life hurt and ignoring the hurt and eventually they crash and burn.
Pain—whether it is physical, emotion, or spiritual—can be a good thing. It can motivate us to change. Oddly enough, it can even make us feel alive and prod us to “step it up” and press on though. But ultimately, pain is about getting our attention so that we can stop or start doing something, so that we can get help and be able to do life at a optimal level.
- The ONE THING for today: Playing hurt so that you can win today is acceptable occasionally; but playing hurt everyday will ultimately bring a permanent loss. Safeguard yourself; ask yourself regularly, “Am I okay? …and take the time to really listen for the answer!
God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. _C.S. Lewis
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- I am on a quest to discover the world’s most important questions
- The first question that included on my list is: What I must I do today to win?