Masculine Monday- #6

*Men Only*

No Pain, No Gain.

We have all heard that mantra at least once in our life. [And if you haven’t heard it before, what planet did you come from? Totally serious here.] Athletes hear it more often than others, naturally.

Of course, not all pain is good. Some pain is a warning that something is going wrong, or has gone wrong, with our body. Thinking on it, I believe it is not so much pain but suffering that is necessary for gain. Nothing that has ever been worth gaining was acquired without suffering. Even if we are given something, to keep it usually requires suffering of some form. So a more accurate, but far less catchy, slogan would be: No Suffering, No Gain.

To excel at academics requires a certain kind of suffering. The sacrifice of time, the building up of discipline, the forgoing of certain pleasures… all are necessary to achieve success.

To excel at anything athletic likewise requires suffering. Time, effort, ache and the careful management of diet are all different types of suffering required for success.

Likewise, suffering is necessary for our faith. Deep Strength has a post up about meditation and building discipline, something absolutely necessary for a sustainable and rock-solid faith. Whether it is fasting, cold showers, the spending of time or something else, suffering is part of living the faith.

Heck, even advocates of Game will tell you that it takes a lot of time and effort to get anywhere. That is suffering of a form. Certainly learning to handle and deal with rejection involves some suffering, at the very least at first.  While I don’t agree with the purpose, I can give a grudging measure of respect for the discipline required to get anywhere with it.

The point of all of this is to remind men that we are made to persevere. Suffering is part of our life. There is no escaping that. Future posts (hopefully later this week), will cover this further. But in the meantime remember that mantra: No Pain, No Gain.



Filed under Christianity, Masculinity, Men

5 responses to “Masculine Monday- #6

  1. Scott

    It’s weird how you and I don’t write anything for over a week and then totally unintentionally write essentially two companion pieces.

    I’ll go read the deep strength one now.

  2. Novaseeker

    Nothing good comes easy. It’s a truism, because it’s also true. To create or achieve or maintain anything worthwhile requires a great deal of effort and discipline, which implies suffering to some degree, even if in terms of opportunity cost. Anyone who is successful at anything in life (art, business, athletics, love) has worked a lot to get there, and that generally involves a good deal of pain and suffering compared to other things they could have been doing, or what other people in general are doing.

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  4. A Visitor

    A man should continuously strive to be better than he is at present. This requires sacrifice and, yes, pain. Imagine if you stayed where you currently are (with regards to love, physical prowess, etc.). Think of your most boring day in recent memory. That’ll be your life indefinitely…unless you strive to make yourself better.

    Personally speaking, looking back over the past decade how far I’ve advanced on so many levels is heartening to say the least.

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