I saw this quote recently and it was the thing that helped me decide to write today’s post. Believe it or not this wise statement was said by none other than Mr. Rogers himself. Not exactly the kind of stuff I remember from the man that I watched daily as a child…but he is absolutely right.
Too many of us pursue a fantasy. We believe that the most important thing in life is being happy. Pain interrupts that happiness so we try as we might to avoid anything that might be painful. But there is purpose in the pain.
Herein lies a truth that is the key to long term success in our health (and really in anything). In order for long term adjustments to be made, the pain of staying where you are must be greater than the perceived pain of changing. In other words, you choose your pain; the pain of staying the same or the pain of making changes.
At a recent speaking event, a lady came to Cathy and me asking what she could do to make her husband decide to get healthy. Unfortunately, the answer was “nothing”. As with all of us, he won’t change until he wants to. We explained that she should pray that he comes to the realization that the pain of changing won’t be as bad as the pain of living life as he is. Until that point comes in his mind, there was nothing she could do. It was a hard conversation but it’s one we’ve had many times.
As tough as this truth is, there is hope! Jesus told us clearly, “In this world you will have trouble…” Life is hard but He doesn’t leave it there, “…but take heart for I have overcome the world!” John 16:33. Pain is part of life, but we choose what that pain will be AND even in the midst of that pain we can lean on the fact that He understands!
Where are you today? Which pain is greater?
Do you want to get healthy but just see the change as too much, too overwhelming?
Or are you in a place where you don’t care what lies ahead of you, but you do know that it is time to make a change?
If the first is true then pray that the One who understands your pain will move you to a place of desiring change.
If the second describes you, then pray for strength to move in a direction that will lead to lasting change and the full life God has for you.
We are here to help! No matter where you are right now, we invite you to connect with this community of people who understand the struggle on both sides of the of the battle. You are not alone. Become the you that you are meant to be…despite the pain.