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Transform Your Wound into Something of Value

I was reminded recently that a pearl actually comes from an oyster’s wound.  Pearls are formed inside an oyster’s shell as a defense mechanism to a potentially threatening irritant such as a parasite. When the injury happens, the pearl is produced to actually seal off the irritation.  The result is something rare and of great value.  I began to wonder how often we could be turning our wounds into something of value?  And yet we rarely do.  Most of us allow hurts and pain to continue irritating us for the rest of our lives.

I have a friend who was cheated in business, and he never ceases to talk about it. Another who’s wife left him and he has yet to get over it – even after 30 years. Pain doesn’t just go away, and shallow, positive thinking may sooth for the moment, but we always wake up the next morning still hurting.

Reality matters. Wounds are real. But dwelling on the pain doesn’t help us move on.  If we can embrace our pain, acknowledge it, and use it to make us stronger, wiser, and more healthy, perhaps we can gain something of great value from the experience.

No one likes a wound, but to create something beautiful from it, is something wonderful indeed.

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  1. We have an awesome leader and pastor at Celebration Covenant Church in Frisco, TX named Keith Craft and he recommends that everyone be apart of Celebrate Recovery.  This program and with God’s help, you move past the past and into the destiny that God has for you.  Give the world a healthy you so that you can come along side someone else that is walking where you have already walked and encourage them in the process.  We have to get past ourselves to help each other.  Life is not about us but about Him and the sooner we get it, the better off we are going to be.  The wounds of the enemy that were meant to harm can be turned for God’s Glory in your testimony.  Think, Be & DO Life as a Blessing not a curse.

  2. So true, so true.  And I think that includes the pain of bitterness too.  I find myself becoming more and more bitter towards the church and Christianity because of their backwardness.  But, even if I’m right, I’m not helping by being Mr. Critical.  What ever happened to edification?  I should take my “wounds” and do something with it–turn it into beauty!

  3. Several years ago, I was involved in a fatal hunting accident that took the life of my cousin. Over the years God and counseling has helped me come to terms with what I did. It took 11 years before I could first speak of what happened to others. Since then, God has brought along people struggling with similar pain and allowed me to tell my story of His grace. God in his creative wonder has used a shattering accident to help others in their pain.

  4. I wish there was some… program, for lack of a better term, in the church that taught people how to help those who are hurting.  Celebrate Recovery is a wonderful program, but it only goes so far. 

    When I told my closest Christian friends that my wife was leaving me and filing for divorce, I got silence back. My guilt and pain over the divorce were made worse by the apparent disapproval from people I had lived loved and worked with in churches and ministries for some 20 years.  My bitterness became not only for my ex-wife, but for these friends.  I am sorry to say after a few months, I lashed out at them in an angry e-mail, expressing this bitterness and loss.  Meanwhile, those non-believers I felt close enough to tell all consoled me and offered to help. They were far more supportive than my Christian friends.

    While I am still dealing with the residual pain of divorce, but moving on, and I sent an apology to those friends I chastised, it seems it was too little too late.  I am not blaming them, but I wish there had been some training or instruction that they could have accessed to help me, for all our sakes…

    Christians are getting divorced as often as the rest of the world, molestation cases are on the rise in the church, HURT exists as much if not more in the church, and we need to know how to deal with it in a Christian way – besides silent prayer (or at least tell those folks you’re praying – it may seem shallow, but it’s better than silence).

  5. I AM ALWAYS THOUGHT OF IT ! ALMOST GOOD NUMBER OF PEOPLE DON’T MAKE THEIR TROUBLE IN TO TRIUMPH RATHER THEY MAKE TROUBLE IN TO HORRIBLE !!!LIFE IS MADE IN SUCH A WAY THAT THERE IS NO ONE IN THIS UNIVERSE WHO IS ABSET OF TROUBLE . ONLY THOSE WHO WITH POSITIVE MENTALTY OR IN OTHER WORD THINKING BIGGER OR OTHER SIDE OF TROUBLE WILL CONQUER FINALLY .IF WE WANT TO BE HAPPY AND HELP OTHERES THEN WE NEED TO EXPERIENC PAIN AND TROUBLETHANKS FOR THIS ARTICLE OF THE LESSON FROM PEARL….
    INFACT BY GOD’S GUIDENCE I AM ON MY WAY TO EDITING A BOOK ON “TURNING PAIN INTO PEARL”DISCOVER THE PEARL IN YOU BEFOR YOU DIE.
    ANY OF YOU WHO ARE INTERESTED IN HAVING A COPY PLEASE LET ME KNOW .
    BY GODLY JOHN, COCHIN , KERALA, INDIA
    EMAIL:lifefocusfoundation@yahoo.com

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