"If it hurts, that means it's changing." I was smiling when I wrote that on a text this morning to my guy, who was telling me about his sore biceps as he works out like an adorable madman.
Our muscles TELL us when they are changing. If we're sitting around on the couch all day eating junk food, they complain in one way, telling us they are degenerating day by day. If we're working them like we should be, they they complain another way, telling us they are changing for the better. Once you're not in your 20s anymore, I think you pretty much don't get the "my muscles absolutely never hurt" option. You're getting worse, or you're getting better. Our muscles are pretty faithful reporters of that. The secret is to choose "getting better" pain so that our old age won't be a huge penance to pay for choosing "getting worse" pain.
It's the same in our spiritual lives, I think. We want to run from pain. But pain generally means we are changing.
If we press into God, that change is going to be for the better.
If we press into selfishness or run away crying, that change is going to be for the worse.
Which do you choose today?