Does everyone remember the old saying, “No pain, No gain”?
I remember seeing that everywhere as a kid growing up in the 80s on storefronts, commercials, gyms, even in classrooms. I used to think it was just a silly slogan until I got older and realized that there was truth in that.
Pain comes in all forms and for many of us this past year alone can say the pain has been almost unbearable. This does leave the question of why must there be pain to then experience the 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
I know many things bring us pain such as break ups, loss of loved ones, loss of jobs or finances, sickness and disease, and facing uncertainty.
It’s easy to look at things we are not familiar with and think it’s going to be too hard to get through them.
I had always been a friendly outgoing kid but often found myself in the painful place of being brand new in a brand new environment. Thats hard to do when moving from place to place. But in hindsight it was a experience in which I gained alot from it too.
No pain, No gain….
Most of us have gone into this season with loved ones who were vibrant and full of life to lose them within the same year to unspeakable tragedy. We took in the pain but did we allow ourselves to truly identify what we were feeling in our prayers to God?
No pain, No gain..
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,” Romans 5:3-4
I always talk of fairytale endings and happily ever afters but I know it takes a journey…a painful and bittersweet walk with God at all times to comprehend all we are ingesting in our daily lives.
He did not promise all sunny and warm days, but He promised to be there with us during the storms.
I have come to understand that storms do produce clearer skies and a freshness to the air that only could come from extreme weather.
No pain, No gain...
It’s been a time for all of us to take hard looks in the mirror at ourselves to finally see the diamond in the rough.
No pain, No gain…..
It’s been a time to figure out who we are and why we are.
No pain, No gain...
It’s been a time to understand what our sacrifice will ultimately lead to in our obedience and faith in God.
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2
Finally I will challenge you this week to look at all you have been through, this year, and to release it all to God.
The gain is found in our surrender. The gain in found in our transparency. The gain is found in our truth. God has exactly what we need when we need it, but we must tap into that connection to Him.
We may have lost some and suffered great pain but I know God’s love is always our place of great gain. You got this!