Pain Don’t Hurt (Or Does It?)

by Keith Hall

The title of my first effort here, aside from being poor English, is a quote from the late Patrick Swayze from the film “Roadhouse”. Patrick plays a character named Dalton who is the preeminent “cooler” (pretty much equal to a “bouncer” in a bar only more violent) in the country and is hired to clean up a particularly nasty group of thugs plaguing a small town.

Injuries are a part of the daily routine to the extent that Dalton actually stitches himself up after the nightly brawls. This brings quite a surprise to the local (female) doctor when she examines him after a very rough night. When questioned about it, Dalton replies that “Pain don’t hurt.” Well, that type of swaggering machismo might serve one well in this film setting but what repercussions does it bring in the real world?


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Trust in The Lord

It’s simple. It’s short. Yet it’s incredibly powerful. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the most familiar passages in the Bible–with good reason. It sets forth a life-changing truth that is worthy of our attention. Spend three minutes reading this article, and see if you agree.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Trust in the Lord.

It starts with trust. Any real relationship has to start with some level of trust. It’s the only way a friendship will endure. It’s the only way a marriage will work out. It’s the simple reason why an employer hires workers, or why the workers stay employed. It’s all about trust. Trust in the Lord, however, takes on an entirely new dimension. This is our trust in an eternal, all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving God. He is worthy of our trust. The trust is important, not just because of who God is, but because of the way in which we must trust him: with all your heart. It involves every fiber of your being. That’s the kind of trust we can have in God–a complete, unshakable, deep, abiding trust.

 

Read part 2, Don't Lean On Your Understanding



Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding

Read part 1 first, Trust In The Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

 

Don’t Lean on Your Understanding

The verse involves a positive–something you must do. But it also involves a negative–something you must not do. Don’t lean on your own understanding. Basically, the verse is telling us that we ought not to be self-reliant. We cannot pursue a course of action, a financial decision, a business move, a relationship, or an educational choice, simply based on our own understanding. It must be founded in our trust in God.


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