Tonight while watching a movie with my family I wished for the thousandth time in the past week that my pain was gone. With phlegm in my throat and a cough in my lungs I have been fighting cold symptoms for the last week. Adding insult to injury I went to a fitness class last night and now every time I sit down my body is in pain because of the squats I did. From my internal organs to the muscles that bind my rear I wished that I was totally free of discomfort and pain.
Unfortunately my wife Ashley is actually sicker than I am today. So, when the girls needed someone to get them a drink or more pizza I was on base. On the 20th trip back to the kitchen I realized something. I was holistically uncomfortable but the purpose that drove me beat the pain I was in. Ashley and the girls needed someone to help get things around. I was able to serve them and make them happy and not stew in my pain. Certainly I still felt my quads every time I get out of my seat. And breathing is still a chore with pain in my throat. But I realized my purpose beat pain.
Then I looked ahead to the rest of the evening. It was 7:30 PM. I have the rest of the evening to look forward to and did not anticipate feeling better. I could spend the rest of the evening trying to be distracted and hiding from the pain I felt. Or, I could double down on my purpose and beat the pain.
Maybe write a blog… 🙂
Maybe try to be the worlds best husband and love my sick wife a little bit.
Then I realized purpose often beats pain.
Women endure the pain of pregnancy and childbirth for the sake of bringing a new life into the world. Purpose over pain.
Men and women endure hours on the brutal factory floor to provide for their family. Purpose over pain.
Athletes train months and months to win in the contest. Purpose over pain.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Purpose over pain.
Here’s my commitment. I commit to live for purpose more than comfort the rest of the night. When I wake up tomorrow first thing I want to do is dial-in to God’s word to get a better handle on my purpose. Because, I don’t know if I will feel much better tomorrow. But I do know that God’s purpose for me will be there tomorrow. I intend to let purpose beat pain in my life every time.