When you exercise your body, you push yourself beyond what is comfortable so that your muscles become stronger.
Stretching, flexing, and taxing your body’s muscles produce pain, but their recovery results in harder, leaner tissue that has more density and power. It’s never easy, but knowing the outcome–a stronger, healthier body–motivates us to exercise.
We rarely approach spiritual conditioning the same way, but we might be surprised that the training principle is similar.
No one deliberately rushes into a crisis with a calm, peaceful focus unless they have been through hard times before and experienced their Higher Power. Reflecting on the past and the ways you’ve grown can help you realize that you’re more than able to conquer anything you face today.
We know that our Higher Power empowers us beyond the limitations of our own abilities. Our Higher Power knows what we can bear and, like a good coach, only pushes us to make us stronger.