Saturday, September 25, 2010

No Pain, No Gain.

I dislike Walmart.
But, I went today to get math flashcards for Mac.
While I am trying to find them, and trying not to get upset
I saw a t-shirt that said, 
"No Pain, No Gain"

This resonated with me because:
1.  I am running in the Mud Run
2.  My son has gotten 2 notes home from his teacher this week.
3.  We are in the process of moving.

Ok, now I have completed the Mud Run. 
It is over.  I hurt.  I want to cry.
But, I finished.
And that feels so good.
If I had not gone through the actual pain of completing this task, there would be no gain.

Friday was hard. 
So, so disappointed in M. 
His teacher told me that he has not been obeying on the first time.
Not listening during reading time.
Leighton and I made the decision to not let him go canoeing today as punishment.
It pained us to have to take away something that he would have LOVED.
But, without the pain, he will not gain.

We are truly blessed that our home has sold.
Seriously.  It is a God thing.
Then we kind of freaked about finding a home.
It was a big ole pain.
God provided the perfect home for us.
He provided this gain.

So, I guess what I am trying to say is that there is really no way to gain without Jesus.
Jesus suffered the ultimate pain.
He died so we could gain.
His pain was so much worse than we could ever even imagine.
He took the weight of all our sins.
So we could live.

He wants us to live life and live it abundantly.
But, this does not mean that life will be filled with just roses.
There will be thorns.
Thorns hurt.
The pain is worth it.
The gain is even better.

"Look to the Lord and His strength.  Seek His face always."  Psalm 105:4


Anonymous said...

alliemac, the Lord has given you a gift in words and encouragement. thanks for sharing your heart! praying for M and giving you a shout out for showing that Mud Run who was BOSS!! you go girl!! xxoo

Allison Morrison said...

saw your comment on Prov. 31 and had to pop over to make sure it wasn't me that made the comment! I'm an Allison too! Great blog!

Laura said...

I love this post, my friend. So eloquently put and so very true! Thank you for reminding me of this as I send my children to school each day screaming and pick them up only to hear of more meltdowns during the day. No pain, no gain, especially in transitions! Praying that your move will go smoothly, that God will give you the wisdom you need with Mac, and that you have peace as you try to keep all these balls in the air! Love you sister!