Here's just a thought...
“The beauty remains, the pain passes.” This was the answer given by the famous painter Auguste Renoir, who was crippled with arthritis when he was asked, “Why do you continue to paint when you are in such agony?”
If we only do what we feel like doing in life, we won´t do much that is worthwhile. Renoir continued to paint even though each stroke was excruciatingly painful. He is remembered, not for the pain which he endured, but for the paintings he created.
So it is with us. We may not be able to create beauty with a paint brush, but each of us can do what we can with what we have; right where we are now, to make life a little more bearable for others. Indeed, our own aches and pains need not prevent our engaging in this kind of service. Certainly Jesus Christ did just that. He gave his life for us. We are, therefore, encouraged by his example and do not lose heart: “He endured the cross, scorning the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2-3)
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