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The Universal Language of Suffering

By February 5, 2020 No Comments


“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work that you gave me to do.”

John 17:4


The Universal Language of Suffering


A pastor’s child has a drug and alcohol addiction. Parents unexpectedly lose their child in a car accident. An elderly parent suddenly passes away. A divorce breaks up a family unit. A spouse loses their mate.


Pain. Suffering. Crisis. Heartache. Often times we can’t clearly see or understand how suffering can ever bring God glory. But it does, and it will, if we allow it to.


I have learned through years of life, the common universal human language is the word “suffering.”


To put the verse above in context, Jesus was getting ready to go to the cross and die a brutal death for the sins of humanity. He is alone and praying to His Father.


Jesus had one goal in mind when He left the portals of heaven and came to earth for 33 years.


There was no plan B! Plan B was Plan A.


Everything Jesus experienced. Everything Jesus did. Everything Jesus said was designed to reflect glory back to His Father in Heaven. Everything! Even His brutal death and crucifixion on the cross.


Listen closely. Your painful story brings God glory. Share your painful stories with others in all its messiness. Think of how many families and people have been helped and encouraged because they have a safe place to share their hurt, pain, sufferings and struggles.


Q: Can you pray that same prayer back to God? Are you living life intentionally? Have you brought God glory on earth by completing the work that He has given you to do? Is your current suffering bringing God glory?


Or are you bitter, angry, lashing out and hurting others by going through life winging it day by day, thinking only about yourself?


Never forget: the most powerful thing you own is “Your Personal Testimony.”  It’s yours. It’s no one else’s. You own it. Therefore, use it to bring God great glory.


Remember, as long as you are still breathing, God is writing your story. He’s not finished – so stop trying to steal His pen.


Be Worth Being!





Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga. 



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