We do a lot of telling you to focus on the good. Of telling you that you are beautiful and worth so much. We tell you there is beauty in the mundane and to look for moments of joy. And these things are so very true. But we also encourage you to grow, to change what needs changing and to shape your life into what you need it to be. Growth hurts. I was thinking about this while I was at the gym this morning. I knew I needed to finish just a few more reps but my brain was yelling at me that this wasn’t worth it. That the burning in my arms wasn’t actually helping.. just hurting. I think we do that with life. We can run from the discomfort and miss out on some of the lessons that are there. This afternoon my arms will still hurt and I still will not see the improvement. That will take weeks.. months even, of hard work. Moments of telling myself that I will be stronger for this. Your growth, be it about character or emotional strength, or any other number of things that need shaping, will not be a comfortable thing. Some days it won’t hurt but other days it will burn, ache and maybe make you shake. Most of the time you won’t see instant results. You will be discouraged when your progress slows, when you go back a few steps, or when you need to start over. But let me remind you that you ARE changing, there IS growth, and you CAN do this. Don’t run away from the discomfort of shaping yourself; of letting God shape you. There is beauty in the mundane, there are moments of joy thrown into normal daily things, you are beautiful, you are worth far more than is imaginable, focus on the good.. and sweet girl, don’t be discouraged by discomfort. Growing is supposed to hurt.