The Price of Progress is Pain

I want to take a moment to give you a sneak peek into the theme for my message this weekend. There’s a price to pay for progress in life, and that price is pain. Anytime you want to see growth in your life, it’s going to take some pain. If you want to see progress in your relationships, sometimes those relationships have to go through what we call growing pains. If you want to see progress in your spiritual life and move forward in your faith, then you’re going to experience some pain and discomfort through prayer, fasting, and seeking the Lord. If you want to see progress in your finances and get out of debt, then you’re going to have to feel some pain, like the pain of saying no to Starbucks or that extra piece of clothing that maybe isn’t needed. The price of progress in any area of life is going to be some pain. The old saying is true: “no pain, no gain.” And so, if we’re willing to experience some pain, some momentary discomfort, then we can see significant progress.

Those of you who are students understand that in order to progress and achieve your educational goals, you’re going to experience some pain. The pain is in the process. Between the promises of God for our life and the fulfillment of those promises, there is a process of pain. Often we enjoy being on the summit of the mountain, but we don’t enjoy the climb up the mountain. We enjoy the outcome of being healthy and in shape, but we don’t enjoy the process of getting in shape. In marriage, there is a process required in order to obtain a lasting, fulfilled, intimate, loving relationship with your spout. That process is going to include some pain. There are growing pains in all of life. Nothing comes easy.

When King David was just a teenager, God promised him that he would be king. That promise, provision, fulfillment of becoming king included a process of pain. He had to go through some difficult seasons. In the life of Joseph, there was the promise, followed by God’s provision, and then the outcome – Joseph became a mighty ruler of Egypt. Between the promise and the final product, there was a process of pain. Where are you at in the continuum of progression and reaching your goals? There’s going to be some pain along the way, and it’s not always bad. Even the Lord Jesus had to endure the pain of the cross so that we can enjoy the glorious salvation. He had to pay that price. There’s going to be some pain as a price of progress in any area of life. I want to encourage you, if you’re going through a season of discomfort or pain, remember that there’s going to be some pain to achieve the progress that you want to see in your life, but don’t fret. God is always there to encourage and support us. Keep your head up, keep your spirits high, and look to the Lord. He is your source of strength. No matter what you’re facing or going through, God will see you through.

You’re God’s Best

-Carl

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