"What you resist, persists. Until you deal with your feelings, you will be stuck with them." (Ken Blanchard)
This is a quote from a leadership book I was reading. The author was talking specifically about dealing with change in an organization or a team, but the thought stuck with me. The longer I've thought about it, the more I've realized how true this is for all of life - not just dealing with change.
And this is especially true when it comes to our spiritual lives. When God wants to work in our lives, we always have a choice. We can choose to go where God is taking us or we can choose to resist it all. If we choose to resist the things God is showing us or prompting us to do, then the feelings and struggles we are currently having will persist.
We have to choose to go where God is taking us and deal with what He is asking us to deal with, for them to go away. Until we do that, our feelings and struggles will remain with us. Even those things that we wish weren't a part of our lives any more. We have to face and deal with them, for them to go away.