Growing in God requires change, and change requires new behaviors, behaviors that feel risky.
It is a perplexing process. We have to first unlearn old habits before we can pick up new ones. The habits of shopping, or listening to friends complain about their lives, or plugging into media, distract us. If we are to move from one kingdom to another, we must create space for it in our lives.
Our habits and thoughts must change through pain, and the change itself is painful.
He tells us that our lives are not about ourselves. We find our deepest fulfillment when we allow him to give us his dreams.