Think back to when you were in school. Homework instead of hanging outside with friends. Writing papers rather than going out. Studying rather than relaxing and catching up on your favorite TV shows.

At the time, that hurt. It was not fun.

But it was necessary.

Think about anything you have done that was worthwhile. What did it take to accomplish that goal or reach that place or go that distance? Grit. Pain. And a whole lot of sacrifice. For some, it has been a whole lot of pain rather than sacrifice. But wasn’t it worth it?

Remember when you learned how to ride a bike? The falls and the bruised elbows. Then, when you were finally able to ride on your own, it was the greatest feeling in the world. The wind in your face, the thrill of being able to ride with no hands!

Just a few months ago, I was helping a friend learn how to drive.

It was a painful process for him. First, because I can be a bit of a jerk. Second, because he was constantly making mistakes. Hitting cone after cone when learning to parallel park. I could see the sweat beading up on his forehead. His breathing became rapid from the stress and anxiety.

Recently, this individual gave me a ride in his very own vehicle! I could see the pride in his eyes as he drove independently, feeling accomplished, knowing that the pain that it took to get to this point was all worth it.

The Barnacle Gosling is a bird that hatches high on the cliff away from predators. But, for it to grow and move to a place for sustenance, it has to make a 400-foot descent, hitting rocks and stones on the way down. The awesome thing is that its parents watch this descent and meet it when it reaches stable ground.

Progress hurts.

I don’t know what bumps you’re hitting or what obstacles you continue to face. Realize this: progress hurts. But you will make it! You also have your heavenly Father cheering you on. (Zephaniah 3:17) and when all's said and done, He will meet you at the finish line (Matthew 25:23).