Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little.
1 Peter 5:10 HCSB
I know that everything I’m going through is for a reason. I’m supposed to learn, grow, gain knowledge and ultimately gain wisdom, and then move forward to my next lesson–just to repeat this cycle.
Father I thank You for these opportunities. I thank You for each day that I rise and progress through my day, step by step, and little by little. I’m even grateful for the bumps and bruises that I’ve experienced in the past and for those that are appearing even now. That’s evidence of my growth. Thank You Father. I embrace my change. Amen.
There is no growth without legitimate suffering. From birth pains to the physical growing pains of getting taller and bigger, as we go through life there will be pain. It’s inevitable. If you aren’t experiencing pain in some way, some friction, something of great intensity that makes you feel breathless at times, then you aren’t growing.
Exercise produces pain on some level. If you haven’t worked out in months or years, then trust me you’re going to experience a great deal of pain when you begin again. You’re trying to force muscles, ligaments, joints, and bones to move and work together at a level and with an intensity that they aren’t accustomed to–so your body is going to respond and object loudly to this inconvenience and harsh treatment. But through that pain will come growth and endless opportunities.
In birth both the mother and baby experience some level of pain as the mother’s body goes through the motions of preparing for and transitioning through the stages of delivery, and both baby and mother try to naturally play their role in the process.
The mother’s body is pulling and contorting in the weirdest of ways as the baby grows, stretches and kicks. In delivery, the mother’s body takes the ultimate beating as the baby is being pushed or pulled from her. The baby is disturbed because it’s environment is quickly changing, and it doesn’t know what’s going on. The mother is disturbed because she is feeling and experiencing something she could have never truly been prepared for, and things have become real, real fast. Her body has grown over nine months and she has seen and felt some of the oddest things over that time, and now her body is doing something absolutely outrageous, while at the same time natural and normal.
Both baby and mother experience pain and discomfort, and yes, growth. Great things can come from this growth. It can cause a domino effect in both lives that can ripple over and impact tens, hundreds, thousands, and even millions of lives all over.
Fitness enthusiasts suffer through the pain of exercise because they know that on the other side of that pain is growth, opportunity, and success. We all need to learn to embrace our growing pains so that we can reap the rewards of God’s grace when He restores, establishes, strengthens, and supports us. It truly is worth it. We just have to see this reality for ourselves and praise Him through every second.
Questions of the Day
1. What do you think about today’s message?
2. In what ways can you apply what you have read to your life?
3. What growing pains are you currently experiencing?
4. Who are you surrounding yourself with to help you embrace these growing pains, and help you praise God for the opportunities that will come from these experiences?
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