What motivates growth? Not too long ago I posted about how change forces us to grow. Today, I have another factor that contributes to personal growth in mind. That factor is pain. Who hasn’t heard the saying, “No pain, no gain.” Whether on a T.V. show, and old training video, or from the lug-nut at the gym who is bench pressing a weight so heavy that it appears his eyes will pop out of their sockets and his arms are shaking so hard they just might fall off- at some point someone has said that phrase within ear shot. But is it correct?

Pain is a large motivation for change. It pushes us to adapt or give in- there is no middle ground. It might be your workouts; it might be your commitment to church; it might be your marriage.  Whatever the circumstances, can you give even when it hurts.  Can you do that last rep in a bench press set?  Can you work for your church on more than just Sunday morning?  Can you let your wife choose the T.V. show for the night?

Can you move beyond your comfort level, can you move beyond convenience.  When you do, you will discover a new life- one much more fulfilling than the older version.

  1. Lynn says:

    My husband and I have attracted more than our fair share of “issues” during the past couple of years. We have a new phrase: “Nothing is ever easy.”

    Most of our “issues” force us to do extra work, and honestly, it’s never easy. Most of these “issues” involve government or big business, and many of these “issues” involve accountability. These issues are definately one-big-pain, yet we persist. We have to take the pain head-on to overcome the wrongdoing. In fact, one issue that recently involved a destroyed (but insured) $1,600.00 item shipped by FedEx propelled us into the probability that we would be litigating our case in court. Yet we did persist and we pushed forward. To prove ourselves, we spent countless hours on the telephone, in letters, and with a third-party investigator to force accountability with FedEx. Last week, prior to a court hearing, we won and we did receive full dollar-value from FedEx. This would never have happened if we had not pushed forward, beyond convenience, and past our comfort level.

    Your opening rhetorical is worth mentioning (“What motivates growth?”), as growth is a positive dynamic unachievable without some type of motivational factor being involved. Growth and motivation are always available to those who are willing to engage in that positive momentum.

  2. timbob says:

    Greetings. Without a doubt, the comfort zone is almost another phrase for “stagnation.” When a person gets comfortable, they tend to stop moving and park for a while. We fill the zone with a comfy chair, an array of trappings close at hand and an environment that make it downright “cozy.” It’s a dangerous thing to get “cozy” in this present temporal world. This is a great admonition to get out of the safety of the familiar and press forward in every area of life. Thanks.

    Have a blessed day/


  3. 1ofHis says:

    Out with the comfort zone and in with adventures with Jesus!

  4. isaacme says:

    Yes I totally agree with you. Know if only my sister could believe that when it comes to exercising. The moment the feels the slightest hint of pain she stops and takes a break. Oh well. Like you said, relationships take pain to [weather it’s siblings or spouses].

  5. ashjoshua says:

    hey philip yancey has written a lot about pain and how it aids growth, both spiritual and otherwise in his book “where is God when it hurts”

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