There’s nothing so miserable as enduring pain without a narrative context. Put me on a mountain and point me toward the summit and suddenly being pelted with rain and ice feels like an exhilarating challenge. If you sit me on the couch and throw ice chunks at me, though, the pain is less satisfying.
-Donald Miller, Storyline
The struggles we face in life, in youth ministry, in relationships… they can hurt.
Be sure to live a story that makes the pain a part of something that matters.