What do these three things have in common? Trees leafing out that cause my nose to run and eyes to water? My grandson Henry’s fifth tooth pushing through that makes him uncomfortable and fussy. Karen finally getting her leg extended to the coveted 120 degrees that causes her intense pain and discomfort? They all involve pain that leads to a desired gain. Transformation to something better almost always involves struggle. But once you get there and look back, you forget the pain because you are so pleased with the outcome. This is also true when it comes to growing spiritually. It’s not always easy. Indeed, it’s sometimes painful as you shed old habits and actions, and put on a new and deeper relationship with God. But in the end, you’ll give thanks and praise to God that your pain is insignificant compared to your gain.