The Big Lie

The lie that you must protect yourself from any more pain is a really big one. If you’ve tried to live your life that way, I have a question for you. How’s it going so far? Don’t be an irresponsible steward of what God has given you by taking unreasonable risks; but by all means, don’t allow fears and hardships to keep you from moving forward.

You’re going to be hurt and you can’t do anything to prevent it, but you can trust God each time a hurt comes along. Trust that while you don’t have the power to protect yourself, He has the power to turn every hurt into something that improves you and glorifies Him. You’ll never protect yourself from all the hurt, but you’ll protect yourself from missing the life God intended when you make the choice to risk.

Healing is a choice. It’s God’s choice, but many times we stand in the way of what God wants for us. There isn’t a choice more difficult than the choice to risk. My hat is off to all of you who’ll make that choice today. May the blessings of God be upon you for your amazing courage.



The above piece is an adaptation from Healing Is A Choice: Ten Decisions That Will Transform Your Life & Ten Lies That Can Prevent You From Making Them, by Steve Arterburn. Nashville: Nelson Books, 2005.
Stephen Arterburn is the founder of New Life Clinics, the largest provider of Christian counseling and treatment in North America. As host of the daily New Life Live! radio program, he is heard nationally on over one hundred and eighty stations and at www.newlife.com. Steve is the creator of the Women of Faith® Conferences and is the author/coauthor of over thirty books, including Healing is a Choice, Lose it For Life, The God of Second Chances, Every Man’s Battle, and Avoiding Mr. Wrong.