It’s taken me a while to really get this, but I’ve come to learn that part of growing as both a pastor and follower of Jesus is learning how to suffer. I’m not referring to some aimless masochism or developing a steely heart. I’m talking about enduring pain, sometimes even devastating pain, and walking obediently anyways. The hidden gift of great people, and certainly great leaders, is the ability to tolerate pain in themselves and others.
It’s Jesus going on to Jerusalem knowing what awaits Him.
It’s Jesus saying, “if its possible, let this cup pass,” and drinking it anyway.