Story of the day: “Life after pain”

Jeff and I watched a documentary on Tony Dungy.  Tony is the head coach for the Indianapolis Colts.  The following is a story about persevering in pain.

Tony is a great coach, he doesn’t scream at his players, he is the same on and off the field, and coaches the way Christ would coach.

He asks the question, So why does the Lord allow hurtful or painful things in our life?

Tony says this, Pain is anything that is uncomfortable.  He believes that God allows pain to come into your life to give you a message that something is wrong.

He goes on to say that’s why he loves sports so much.  Sports have ups and downs, tremendous highs and lows.  Sports prepares you for life, because life has disappointments.

His youngest son has a nerve disease, called Congenital Insensitivity to pain with Anhidrosis (CIPA).  There are only 3-4 known cases in the United States.  In other words, his son is missing the conductors that send pain signals to the brain.  Dungy states that his son cannot feel pain and can’t tell what’s good or bad for him.  Although we don’t wish hurt upon anyone,  some hurts are really necessary for people to understand what is good and what is harmful.

Pain is not always a bad thing, it does help the body to heal.  The brain senses that there is pain and agents are sent out from the brain to heal the hurt.  Because Dungy’s son can’t feel pain, there are still areas on his body that haven’t fully recovered.  In the same way, without Jesus, those of us who have had pain of life in our past haven’t been able to heal properly.

Pain is the quickest way for you to get your kids to come back to you.  It’s kind of like when Jesus tells us what we shouldn’t do something, but when we do it anyway and get hurt, then we run back to God.  We don’t even realize the things that we do are eventually going to hurt us, and in this instance, the Lord will bring some pain in there to get us to say what’s wrong and bring us back to Him.  It is here that we then learn what’s harmful and fear the right things.

The most painful thing that Dungy had to deal with was the death of his oldest son.  During the pain, he tried not to focus on the pain, but on what God was teaching him. As he came back to God, it was then that he was able to see how he could do things different in the future.

God was able to use him as an evangelist for those in similar situations.  Going through the pain did bring some good.  He says that if God has said before his son’s death, “Hey, I’m going to take your son and people will see good in the situation, I would have said no.  But because of the pain, there have been many lives changed because of similar situations.

In the same way, Jesus had the choice to live or die for us, and He chose to die for us anyways.  That was a real eye-opener for what Christ did for us.  By God saying yes to His Son dying on the cross, that has paid our way for us to come back into a relationship with Him.

Quote of the day:  Tony Dungy

“Even in the midst of a painful situation, if we channel our energy towards God, there will be life after pain.”

Bible verse of the day:  Jeremiah 15:18

“Why is my pain perpetual and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed?  Will You surely be to me like an unreliable stream, as waters that fail?”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You so much for Tony Dungy’s story.  It is a remarkable picture of even in the midst of painful situations, that You are there waiting for us to come running into Your arms.  Just as you have answered Jeremiah, I too take comfort in your response saying that You will bring me back and make me a fortified wall, saving me from all pain that I endure.  I thank You for life, and even as Dungy stated for persevering in the pain.  I love You and thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,


**For those of you that don’t know if you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior and would like to know Him, please visit the website at and click on the link:  Salvation through Christ, or if you feel the need to speak to Pastor Jeff or me, please feel free to email us at  All information is kept confidential.  Have a blessed day!

  1. Kannie says:

    Amen! God is our only strength..

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