One of my favorite authors happens to also be a good friend. I got to know Rick Lawrence, the editor of Group Magazine, back in my days as a youth pastor and when I was the National Director of Alliance Youth. As a writer, Rick is not only an artist who paints vivid pictures with his words, he also challenges readers to think deeply about some of life’s biggest questions. What’s more, all of his most recent books revolve around topics he has wrestled with personally, and the way he writes not only pushes readers to grow, it also challenges them to ask some profound questions.
Recently, I started reading Rick’s newest book, Sifted. In it, Rick writes about a topic most people don’t like to discuss—PAIN. But unlike many authors who think the secret to dealing with pain is to avoid it, Rick challenges his readers differently. He actually sees pain as one of the secrets to success:
All of the people and books and music and films you and I love the most are encrusted, like priceless jewels, with pain. Name something that captures your heart that was not formed by pain. It’s ironic, of course, that pain repels us more fundamentally than anything else in life but it produces things that are magnetic to us. Why do we live in fear of pain while, at the same time, we find ourselves drawn to its “produce” in the people and stories of our lives? And why does all great art, and why do all truly great people, seem positively marinated in pain? (Sifted by Rick Lawrence, 2011, p. 30)
I’m just getting started with this book, but as you can tell, it’s going to be a great read! Even more, I believe it will be filled with significant secrets to success.
Obviously, we shouldn’t be gluttons for punishment and seek out pain. However, when pain does come…
- How do you handle it?
- Have you been able to leverage it for personal development and growth? If so, how?
- What are a few of the secrets of success you’ve discovered through pain?