- Describe an event in your life when some awesome plans went awesomely wrong: a ruined vacation, bad date, failed home repair, cooking disaster.
- How did you (or those around you) react in the moment?
- Looking back, are you different today because of that experience?
- CONSIDER: The video actually shows Derek Redmond’s second Olympic failure. He had previously competed in the 1988 Olympics four years earlier, where he was forced to withdraw 10 minutes before a race due to an injury. Besides obviously running while injured, how is our theme “Playing Hurt” reflected in his story?
- What are some of the ways you have seen people around you cope with hurt, failure, or trouble? Do you know people who have quit or given up?
- Paul, who wrote many of the books in the New Testament, traveled around the country telling people about Jesus. Read 2 Corinthians 11:21b-27 where he describes some of his life experiences. How would you describe his situations?
- Read 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. According to Paul, what is the secret to “playing hurt”?
- The bigger question though, is Why? Read 2 Corinthians 4:15-18. Why should we keep going, or “play hurt”? What do you think verse 15 means?
CHECK THE MIRRORS
- How are you doing in your “race” (sprinting, a marathon, where’s the finish line, in the wrong lane…)?
- Have you ever experienced a time when you saw God work through difficult times? Share with the group.
- If you’re going through a difficult time or struggling with pain or suffering, let your group know. Take time to pray for each other.
- Keep in mind that Care & Recovery Groups can provide support and encouragement through Celebrate Recovery, DivorceCare, Cancer Support, GriefShare, and programs for kids and teens.