Pain IS Gain

As women, we all know whether we've experienced birthing a child or not,  there is pain that comes with it.  No birth can come until labor pains have occurred. When labor occurs, birth will surely follow. 

As I look deeper into this concept God reveals this new perception of pain.  If you want something new or different from what you've been getting, it's going to take a new mindset.  It's going to take a different approach to how you perceive the discomfort of pain.  When birthing a baby, because you know the gift of a baby will be the end result of that agonizing laborious pushing,  you don't give up. You keep pushing, right? Let's say a baby symbolically represents something new or different. Therefore, if you were cognizant that your challenges albeit past, present or future were designed to make you a stronger, and a better version of who you were before the challenge, you could change how you feel about what you endured or have to endure. Instead of resistance you would begin to embrace the process. Wow! Look at the power that gives you! In addition, most mothers say after giving birth that the fulfillment of their new bundle of joy makes them forget the pain and or many go on to do it all over again and again whether they remember the pain or not. I think it's safe to say the pain and all the uncomfortable processes of carrying another human inside of you, the morning sickness, body and hormonal changes can't even compare to the contentment they have when they see that tiny baby face for the first time.

If you need physical fitness motivation let's apply the same principles in the gym . We can all agree that working out isn't the most relaxing activity, right?  Your workout will include some level of discomfort to see a change in your body. Even physiologically, muscles must be ripped or torn through resistance,  to create new muscle fibers. With this new intention over time your change will come in due season!

Again, applying this same concept to past trauma or present and future challenges will position you to come out on the other side better and stronger.  Some of us allow those experiences to make us bitter because the way we process and filter them through our old lens. The old lens views pain as bad and counterproductive. But looking at it through this new lens it can actually change the trajectory of our lives and actually move us forward, with, here it goes again...intention and time.  I will dive deeper into how we carry the weight of our trials and trauma in a later blog post. We will discover how proper form in carrying the weight is just as important to the desired end result.  As with weight training principles, sacrificing form leads to injury and stagnates your growth. Catching on yet?

Let's encourage each other as we journey together for a newer, better and upgraded version of ourselves. The version God intended! He even said He won't allow these things that caused pain to happen in your life without birthing something new. We have a race to run, let's finish well and finish strong!