Many months ago I watched an episode of a show called "Shark Tank" in which people present their businesses to business tycoons (otherwise known as "sharks") The "sharks" then choose to go into business partnerships with the businesses that they deem most profitable.
But this particular episode I watched wasn't one in which people were merely presenting their ideas. It was a look into the business of a former contestant on the show. By getting into a business partnership with one of the sharks, she had built a very successful socks company. Yes, socks company.
What moved me most was her story. She said she started kneading socks while she was stuck on a hospital bed. In that period, she lost her baby and was going through a lot of pain. Then she started kneading socks while in that hospital bed.
It was from that painful experience that her socks company was born. While she was interviewed, she said these words, "never waste your pain". These words have stuck with me from the time I heard them.
She didn't waste the pain of being confined to a hospital bed and loosing a child. She started doing something creative - kneading socks. From her creativity came a company and she eventually used the proceeds of that company to support children in need.
Yes, never waste your pain. You see that situation that makes you cry at night? That thing that makes you toss and turn and breaks your heart into a million pieces - don't waste it, my friend. Let that situation spur you into starting something new, something different. It might be a new hobby, a new company or a new way to show love to mankind. But don't waste that pain.
Because your greatest ministry will be born out of your greatest suffering.
For any trouble life gives you, respond radically with something positive. When life gives you cause to worry, worship God radically instead.
Trust me, this works. So instead of wallowing in pity or sadness or any negative feeling, seek ways on how to use that situation for the better. As cliche as it may sound, I'll quote this: "Turn your worry into worship and watch God turn your mess into miracles."