Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Do you have to Suffer to Be Beautiful?

Growing up I heard the phrase a lot from my mom, "You have to suffer to be beautiful." Well, I do remember placing ice cubes on my eyebrows the first time I plucked them and thinking, Why would anyone deliberately do that?

I'm passionate about a lot of things, but plucking my eyebrows just isn't one of them and neither is curling my eyelashes! Today I'm blogging on "Boomer Babes Rock" about my recent experience with the eyelash curler that opened my eyes to suffering in a new way!

Painful circumstances always teach us a valuable lesson and most of us want to hide from pain--I know I do! But as I reflect on my life, there wasn't a lot of growing spiritually when things were going smoothly. In fact, just the opposite happened--I digressed.

The most passionate people I know have suffered some great tragedy, pain or loss. Some have experienced more than their share. It's not the degree of pain, it's what we have learned from the experience that makes the difference.

God has allowed some great suffering to occur in my life, but the beauty I see comes from within--a spritual awakening to what's truly important in life.
So my mom really was right, "You have to suffer to be beautiful!"


Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Ah Connie, the spiritual awakening... yes, it's true. God teaches us things, important things, eternal things. Oh to take part in His suffering, to identify with His pain, we catch a glimpse of His kingdom and eternal glory. One day there will be no more pain... all will be well because of Jesus!

Connie Pombo said... comes in all shapes: physical, emotional, and spiritual. I can't say that I enjoy the journey, but the blessings are many!

Gentle Hugs Sweet Sister,