I’ve learned by now to be content whatever my circumstances. Philippians 4:11 MSG
In the movie Lawrence of Arabia, Lawrence put out a burning match by pinching the flame between his bare fingers. A friend saw him do it and tried it himself.
“Oh, it hurts,” he complained.
Lawrence replied, “Certainly it hurts.”
“What’s the trick, then?”
“The trick,” Lawrence said with a smile, “is not minding that it hurts.”
There is a spiritual lesson here for us. There are certain aspects of the Christian life that hurt in one way or another. We are asked by the Father not to mind that it hurts.
God may give us a task that will take us out of our physical comfort zone. Our attitude should be “It’s okay. I don’t mind.” He may ask us to spend time with people who make us feel uneasy and awkward. We should say, “Glad to do it. I don’t mind.”
Our loyalty to him may cause us to be rejected and criticized. Our reaction must be “That’s all right. I don’t mind.”
Paul did not enjoy pain and rejection. Yet he rejoiced that he was worthy to be persecuted and distressed “for Christ’s sake…” (2 Corinthians 12:10).
As we become more spiritually mature, we will be able to say more often and more sincerely, “Do whatever you want with me, to me and through me, Lord. I really don’t mind.”