Pain is unfortunately apart of life. So I begin to wander what would happen if people allowed the pain they experienced to cause them to give up? Immediately I thought about the pain that the early church experienced what would of happen if they had given up because of the pain? Take the Apostle Paul for instance what if he gives up have being beaten with the thirty-nine lashes save one five times? What if he had given up after being beaten with rods three times? What if he had allowed the pain he experienced to cause him to give up on God's purpose for his existence? I hear you that say well God would just find someone else to do it. Perhaps that is a valid claim, however, Paul's mission or purpose was just that Paul's purpose no one else was uniquely gifted to accomplish this mission. The question then becomes what have you allowed pain to cause you to give up on?
Let's take Christ for example what if he had allowed the pain of the cross to cause him to give up? In this case you can't argue that God would just find someone else. What would our lives be like if Christ had given up? Unimaginable! Paul and Christ didn't give up for the same reasons because they knew their purposes and their love for God, God's creation, and God's will! Paul and Christ have been impacting the lives of indiviudals for over a 1000 years. The question becomes what impact on the lives of others are you forsaking by your unwillingness to press through your pain into God's purpose for your life?
Scripture Reference: 2 Cor. 11:24-27