Fighting the Process

Do you fight the process that you are going through because it’s painful? I had a good example of this happen to me last week. I had a massage. It didn’t take but about three minutes for me to realize that this wasn’t going to be one of those “relax and go to sleep” massages. No, there was some tension that needed to be worked out.

Now, please understand my intentions: I wanted to be fixed. I wanted the results that I know come from relaxed muscles, and I wanted to feel better. But when Kat (my masseuse) started the process that it takes to get to that place, I found myself fighting it. I was in pain, and I didn’t want to go through further pain.

In that moment, I just wasn’t willing to endure the pain that it was going to take to ultimately get better. I wasn’t submitting to the pain or moving with it. I was trying to block it. Wow, what a simple illustration for how we often react when we are faced with adversity or an unwanted change. Here are a few thoughts that came to mind as I reflected on my experience. (more…)

Adversity… the space where God does amazing things in and through us. It’s motivating to me that the word “adversity” starts with “ad.” It makes me realize that when adversity hits us we become an ad, an advertisement, a commercial. What message are we sending when adversity hits us? Are we advertising something others will want to read, want to follow or want to buy into? Or is our message driving others away?