No Pain, No Gain
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18, ESV)
As my sixteen-year-old, Mia dug her fingers into my shoulder, painful whimpers escaped my lips. “Sorry, Mom, I’ll stop...”
“No, Honey, it’s a good pain; keep going.”
She continued to work on the knot in my back, sometimes crying out with me; other times we’d both give way to laughter. Having finally gotten the muscle to release some of the tension, I turned to see her anxious face. “It’s okay, Hon, you really helped me. Sometimes we have to accept the pain to get the gain.”
Crawling into bed that night I was still mulling the discussion as I rubbed muscle relaxant onto the tight spot. I thought about the seasons of suffering I experienced in my walk with Christ that brought temporary pain but yielded amazing growth in the months or years that followed. Often during those times I struggled to see or believe there was a light at the end of the tunnel or a point to any of the misery I was going through. I wish I could say that I identify every lesson or blessing that came from each of my painful experiences. Although I can name quite a few, I don’t see all of them—yet.
But we know this, a season of suffering will be nothing compared to the riches and joy to come once we leave our temporary homes here on earth and enter into the glory of His presence.
Until then, I choose to trust Him as he continues to work out and rub out any brokenness in my life.
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