Today I’d like to share this very special message from one of the talks given by Bo Sanchez in the 3-day Holy Week retreat held at Valle Verde Country Club in Pasig.
Because this is Holy Week, I promise that I won’t write too long today. Just enough to inspire you to give more to God.
So this WealthStrategies is very special.
Friend, Jesus gave His all to you on the Cross. And God calls you to do the same—to give your all as well.
Here’s my message: You can use the pain of giving to achieve great success.
Let me now talk about pain…
You Need Pain to Succeed in Life
I know people don’t like pain.
I know I don’t.
We avoid it at all costs.
That’s why many people avoid diets, doctors, and dentists.
Because we don’t like pain.
But let me give you a startling fact.
You need pain to survive.
You need pain to succeed in life.
In fact, all permanent success comes from pain.
Any success that doesn’t come from pain will be short-lived.
Check out lotto winners.
I was reading the story of Michael, a garbage collector who won $15 million from lotto. But after just a few years, he lost all his money and is now trying to get his old job back as a garbage collector.
Another guy named Jack won a staggering $315 million from lotto. But he too lost everything after less than 10 years. But he didn’t only lose the money—he also lost his family.
They’re not alone. Go ahead, google “Lotto winners lose money” and you’ll get hundreds of true-to-life tragic stories.
In fact, many lotto winners say it was a nightmare and wish they never won. Because of winning, their marriages broke up, their families disintegrated, their children turned to drugs, and they lost all their happiness.
Easy come, easy go.
I repeat: Real success comes from pain.
If it didn’t come from pain, it isn’t real success.
Let me talk about hypothermia.
Hypothermia is a physical condition whereby your body’s core temperature drops below 35 degrees
Celsius and shuts down all functions. Including your ability to feel pain.
Our hero Jack died of hypothermia.
And many people who escaped Titanic before it sank eventually died of hypothermia in the freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Because they could no longer feel the pain, they just slept and drowned.
Mountain climbers conquering Mt. Everest, who get trapped in sub-zero temperature, try hard to wake themselves up. They intentionally give themselves pain to survive.
What does this have to do with you?
Do You Suffer from Spiritual Hypothermia?
I know of people who have Spiritual Hypothermia.
They’ve become so comfortable in life.
They’ve become soft. They’ve become lax. They’ve become sleepy. And their life has become meaningless. They have no more burning dreams in their lives. And they’ve started to die a slow death.
There’s no pain in their life.
I now realize that pain is essential to grow in any area of your life—spiritually, relationally, or financially.
How do you wake up from spiritual hypothermia? Pain.
In fact, there are three sources of inner pain.
The 3 Sources of Inner Pain
The first pain comes from Grief.
The second pain comes from Greed.
And the third pain comes from Giving.
I won’t anymore talk about Grief—because that’s self-explanatory. The most successful people in the world went through intense suffering—bankruptcy, sickness, catastrophe—before reaching the top. Their grief drove them to greatness.
Nor will I talk about Greed. You know that already. Greed is painful too, and it fuels many persons to work, work, and work, forgetting their families and health, just to earn another buck. Let’s face it. There are very wealthy (and unhappy) people out there who achieved their success because of greed.
Today, I’ll focus on the third inner pain that can cause you to succeed: the pain of Giving.
The Pain of Giving
Giving is self-imposed pain.
Giving is voluntarily chosen.
By the way, when you give, and you don’t experience pain, you didn’t really give. Your giving is fake.
When you give, it must hurt you.
When you give, it must shake you up.
When you give, it must disturb your existence.
When you give, it must wake you up from your complacency.
When you give, it must rock your world so much, it creates a hunger in you to keep on earning money so that you can keep on giving.
The Bible says, I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing (2 Samuel 24:24).
That is why this pain heals.
This pain gives joy.
This pain blesses you.
It’s a cheerful pain!
This pain comes when you give.
Success Must Have a Reason
Success must have a reason.
And I have found my reason for success!
I’ve asked this question many times: Why do I keep working, striving, dreaming, growing, expanding, and increasing?
I have enough. Really.
My family and I have clothes on our back.
We have a roof over our heads.
We’ve got food on our table three times a day.
We even have family vacations.
I repeat: We’re okay.
Why do I keep working? Why do I keep expanding my businesses? Why do I try to earn more?
There’s only one answer: So I can give more.
So I can love more.
So I contribute more to God’s work.
So I can give more to God’s poor.
Oh believe me, I’ll never run out of dreams! Dream of the Kingdom is like the burning bush in my heart—unquenchable and eternal.
I pray that you find your reason for success.
I pray you transform your pain—either from grief or giving—into fuel. Fuel to reach your dreams.
May your dreams come true,