I have a kidney stone. Yep. It hurts. If you have ever had one, you fully understand. If you haven’t, it is worse than labor pains. I have had 3 children and this is my 2nd kidney stone. Kidney stone wins with pain level. Mostly because it’s persistent. Also because there is no precious baby as the goal. Just a stone. So, I got some meds to control the pain and some meds to help it make its way through my system. Reality is – it has to make its way out. I prayed for God to make it pass quickly and I prayed for the pain to subside. Those two things are contradictory. For it to pass through, it’s gonna hurt. It’s a spikey calcified stone moving through my body. I realized to get to my goal, I have to endure some pain.
What in your life is necessary but requires pain to get there? It may not be physical pain but the emotional pain of loss. Maybe mental pain/exhaustion to obtain a new goal. I hate the phrase “No pain, no gain.” That offers me 0 motivation when I am seeking to get stronger physically. I may have sore muscles when I start working out again. I understand that but I’m not at all motivated by that. To get physically fit, I will need to endure the pain of saying no to other things to make room for exercise time. I will need to endure the pain of taking more time to prepare a healthy meal and saying no to quick, easy fast food. If I want to learn a new skill, I must endure the mental energy required to study, read, learn, and process the new material. For me to pass this stone, I need to endure the physical pain of it moving through my body.
The verse in the image above gives me hope.
Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:1b-2a NIV
Jesus endured pain. Pain I pray none of us ever know. Physical pain. Emotional pain. He had the end goal in mind – joy, being with God, making a way for us to be with God. We won’t experience anything like Jesus did for us. However, our pain is real and we must endure it to reach goals. My goal – pass this stone. Pain is required. However, I press on with perseverance to the goal. Whatever is before you that involves pain, press on to the goal. Seek Him to find your endurance to reach the joy set before you.
Dream Big! Pray Big!