Don’t waste your pain.
MercyMe’s vocalist Bart Millard’s father died from cancer when Millard was only 18-years old. Millard began writing the words “I can only imagine” when he was thinking about his father.
He wrote the song by drawing on his thoughts and personal faith about what one would experience upon meeting Jesus Christ in heaven.
It is noteworthy to see how Millard made use of the trauma of such a painful and life changing experience. Millard told the media in an interview “I was always told that if he could choose, he would rather be in heaven than here with me. As a Christian I believed that, but as an 18-year-old it was a little hard to swallow. So the questions in the song came from me asking God what was so great about Him that my dad would rather be there.”
Out of these ponderings and pain, came this song which bringing listeners to the pintails of heavens realities.
Looking through the eye of the Spirit enables us to see a work of eternal value taking place in us as we cry out for grace and seek to bring glory to God no matter what happens around us.
Don’t waste your pain! Make use of what the vicissitudes of life may be throwing at you to glorify God knowing it can be harnessed to bring rich inspiration to others.
Your gifts are to be used in the good and the bad times. Write down your thoughts, journal your victories over every obstacle and sing a new song to your Maker, knowing that all things eventually will work together for you (Roman 8:28)
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