“Somtimes things have to get worse before they get better.” ~ Joe B.
Oh, how we hate pain. Doesn’t everyone? And it isn’t true that pain is ennobling or in some other mysterious way “good for you”. The only people who say that are those who have gotten by, so far, without much pain. But sometimes things have to get worse – more painful – before they get better.
We feel painful conflict when we start to recover. After all, we have lived in certain systems for many years. And these systems are self-perpetuating – they always seek stability. Sparks fly when we move in on our systems and start to change the rules. There is always confrontation when we act instead of react. And confrontation means challenge. In the midst of conflict and confusion, the pain of forging on can be almost unbearable. It would be easy to throw in the towel and surrender. But sometimes there’s just no way out but through. The rewards of discovering that path are great and will stay with us for a lifetime.
Today, I pray for courage to persist. If there has to be pain, let me accept it now, get on with it, and through it.
~Days of Healing, Days of Joy ~ Feb 24; HMS