For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us
The treadmill was invented in 1818 by an English engineer named Sir William Cubit as a torture device for prisoners. Prisoners were forced spend hours a day on the treadmill in order to pump water or produce energy. Where I play college soccer we still use treadmills in a similar fashion. Our team runs twice a week at pretty high speeds for pretty long distances on the treadmills. It can be hard and usually results in our group of 30 college aged boys walking like 80-year-old men for most of the months of January and February. The pain of the treadmill runs are tough, but they’re worth it. We go through the pain and put in the effort because the reward of becoming better soccer players outweighs the trouble of running. This is just a blurry reproduction of the beautiful picture of our Christian lives. Becoming a better soccer player is a decent reward, but our reward in Christ for persevering in the faith is far greater. In Romans, Paul is saying that whatever trials we may go through for Christ absolutely pale in comparison to eternity with him. When we look at eternity with a savior who loves us dearly, no struggle is too large. Remember that any struggle you face is not even worth comparing to the glory that is yet to be revealed to us through Jesus.