October Reading from The Message
As people, we are constantly learning, growing, and evolving. In 2 Corinthians Paul challenges us to lean into growth and strengthen our minds, bodies, and emotions to embrace and follow the way of Jesus. In doing so, we are growing closer to God.
Growth is a natural part of life, both physically and spiritually. But this “naturalness” doesn’t mean that growth is painless. Growth calls into action new parts of our minds, our emotions, our bodies. What we experience at these times often feels like pain. We aren’t used to stretching ourselves in these ways. But the pain shouldn’t surprise us—our muscles ache whenever we take up new activities; they’re stretched in ways they aren’t used to.
Athletes get sore muscles when they begin their training. Similarly, as we’re in training in the Christian life, it stretches us beyond ourselves, and that hurts. But this kind of pain is very different from the kind that’s inflicted by torture. Growing pains are the kinds we don’t regret, because they lead to a fuller life, not a diminished one.
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