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No Pain, No Gain
Growth requires pain, or at least some discomfort.
When learning a new language it can be frustrating, but you know suffering through the process is how you learn.
If you’re working out, there’s an assumption that it’s going to hurt a little bit. It’s going to be uncomfortable — really uncomfortable if you push yourself too far.
You grow in maturity by owning a mistake...coming clean hurts a little bit.
The same is true for our faith. Growing in our faith can be uncomfortable. Whether it’s receiving an invitation to an event at the church, or talking to a random person about faith, our first reaction is “this is going to be uncomfortable” and we back out. But, we shouldn’t shy away because of that. Embrace it — it’s probably an indication of an opportunity to grow.
We’re often like that kid crying to go home on the first day of summer camp, but by the end, he’s had the time of his life and doesn’t want to leave.
To quote Pope Benedict: “You were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness.”