As most of you know, I am now five days out from surgery. I’m still getting better and stronger each day. But do you know what I have had every day since surgery? Pain. Surgery hurts. I mean, they give you pain medicine and stuff, but it still hurts. But it’s better to have this pain of healing than to have pain because my body is still broken or getting sicker.

The weird thing is we all understand this process. And yet, in our spiritual lives, we want to avoid all pain. We want to take some kind of life anesthetic. We build lives according what will cause the least pain, but not according to what will help us heal. I personally want to be willing to go through whatever pain God has in store that will make me into who He wants me to be. It may not be fun, but it is good.