There will be periods of bliss and there will be periods of excruciating and uncomfortable growth. The goal isn’t to control the process and avoid discomfort. The goal is to surrender to the growth and appreciate the bliss within the discomfort.
“My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
Background passage: Mathew 26:40-42
In life everybody wants to take the easy road. Everybody wants to be a winner and everybody wants to avoid pain. However, the reality is that there’s no such thing as growth in comfort.
Even with Christ, we noticed that He already knew the job He was destined to do. He knew He was purposed to be a sacrifice, yet there was still pain that He had to endure … and find bliss.
When times get hard, we must always remember the reasons why we’re doing what we’re doing. We can’t give in to the discomfort of pain.
When I played football, my coach would ask the question “Are you hurt?” or “Are you injured?” Then he would say, “If you’re injured then you need to go to the doctor, but if you’re just hurt get back out on the field and play.” In life there will be playing times when we get hurt, but we can’t let the pain stop us. We must realize that pain is there to help us grow.
So endure the process and reap the rewards. Remember “No pain. No gain.”