How many of us are looking for a pain free life? Is a pain free path the one that will take us where we really want to go?
I am working with a personal trainer with the goal of getting my body in shape for what may be unexpected stressors on an upcoming hiking trip. Recently, after she demonstrated one of my workout positions, I replicated her stance. As she watched me she asked me if what I was dong was hurting me. I proudly said that it was not. “Then,” she replied, “you are not doing it right.”
I tried repositioning my body and then said, “It hurts now.” My trainer said, “Good.”
Is the Holy Spirit guiding me into a place of spiritual pain so that I can build strength and endurance?
Am I willing to put myself in an uncomfortable position so that God can put Himself on display?
Am I willing to work in the shadows so that the body of Christ can be unified?
Do I care more about His gain or my pain?
Jesus told Peter that when he was younger he could do what he wanted but when he is older he would be going where he didn’t want to go.
Does faith through aging eyes embrace suffering?
If it doesn’t hurt could it be that we are not doing it right?