What is there to gain from suffering?

Sometimes I find myself wondering, why is it that people have to die? Why is it that we must suffer? And though I don’t claim to be religious, I do find comfort in things from several religions. Being that I was raised a Christian, this is usually my first go to.

Like most people who have an unanswerable question, I took to Google. Not just because I’ve felt suffering, but because I feel that my suffering doesn’t even begin to compare to some other people. Why is it that I can hope for a brighter future, when there are others staring into an inevitable darkness? What makes me so special, or so ordinary? Sometimes so capable of taking my suffering in stride an other times feeling like I carry the weight of a world full of pain?

I am probably what most would call a “bleeding heart.” I am always trying to put myself in someone else’s shoes, feel their suffering and understand their pain. Though I’m not always at my best, this can lead me to some dark and somber places. When I took to Google to ask the question, “Why do some people suffer more than others?” what came back surprised me and brought me out.

 

“Scripture tells us that some people suffer because of divine punishment, some for their faith, and some to save others.”

 

As I mentioned, my go to when looking into things like this is usually whatever pops up regarding the Bible first. What I found was, of course, that God allowed many people to suffer in the Bible. But what I hadn’t thought about were the reasons behind this. What I found on the YMI website was this, “Scripture tells us that some people suffer because of divine punishment, some for their faith, and some to save others.”

I don’t mean this to be a sermon, but of course we know that the suffering of Jesus was for us, the suffering of Job was to test his faith. But divine punishment? I couldn’t readily recall anything regarding divine punishment. After some research, and to avoid jumping religions, the “Great Flood” would be considered a divine punishment from God. 

 

“What are you suffering for?”

Besides the possibility of everlasting life, what could you possibly gain from the suffering of anyone? A will to survive. A passion to help and prevent this suffering from happening less and less, until you’ve found a symbolic or even literal vaccination for that suffering. Whether that suffering was put in place by God, or it is something that is a result of the Big Bang, wouldn’t being able to lessen that suffering contribute something greater to the Universe? And when I think about the people that I have lost, shouldn’t I gain something from their memory that encourages me to carry on and live my best life, so that I can help someone do the same? From my own personal suffering, should I see it though, I see myself speaking life into others who find themselves in a dark place.

Most people will suffer, and some suffering will be more than others. But I find comfort in the idea that some of that suffering is to help us live a better life. And some of that suffering is so that we can improve the lives of others. What are you suffering for?

RIP to my Great Uncle Aaron, who was the inspiration behind this post.

#LostandFound: What To Do When You Feel Lost And Have No Motivation

No matter where you are in life, it’s not uncommon to feel lost, listless and purely unmotivated. Anyone who is in this moment knows that you can’t stay in this spot forever.  It could pass on its own or you can be proactive. If you can’t afford to be in this funk then here are a list of things that just might help!

1. Fasting! There’s nothing like a little deprivation to clear your mind. When your mind is clear you will be able to connect with the things that really matter to you. It has also been shown to have mood boosting affects. Fasting has also been known to help with weight loss when done intermittently. There are several ways to fast. Such as ingesting nothing but water up until a certain time of day, or only ingesting fruits and veggies. I’ve found this to be very helpful when trying to overcome negative situations and energy.

2. Write your feelings down! This can be a good accompaniment to fasting as well as prayer. Getting those ideas, fears, negative thoughts on paper can be like release therapy. You can burn them or save them to go back to later. When your mind is clear you may have some great gems to go back to and revisit. You can also revisit your goals or things you are working toward. Reminding yourself what you are doing and why can help reignite  the flame. Don’t lost track of where you’re going!

3. Travel! To me, there is nothing more soothing that sitting on a beach watching the waves come and go. Even the drive to your destination can even allow you time to clear your head and reconnect with the things that matter most to you. You can literally leave those worries behind for a moment and escape whatever is that is bothering you. When you comeback, you’ll have a new attitude and be ready to conquer. If you can’t travel, take a walk. I’m cheap, theres always an alternative!

4.Rest! You don’t always have to be on top of it every second of the day. It’s okay to take a day off and do absolutely nothing but stuff your face and binge watch Netflix. You have to take a break sometimes! Give yourself a specified amount of time to be in this funk and once it’s over get back to business. You have goals to reach! 

When you’re feeling like you might not be going down the right path, or you have no motivation to continue down the one you’re on try these steps. They’ve been a great help to me, let me know if they work for you!

 

**If you have any other ideas or tips to help get you back on your path leave them below or send me a message!**

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