Today’s “pay Forward” gift is - Labor Of Love Pains. Be careful what you ask for, for you will surely get it. My ill-advised asking has given me numerous opportunities for a need to return to my Boss. I’ve made a habit upon awakening to turn to our Father for guidance and to co-create my day. It is not always with a deep sense of love and gratitude, but I do it anyway. It pays off to focus on what I want instead of what I don’t. When my old perfectionism pops up, I ponder on why I am not farther along my Spiritual Path. That’s a warning signal that I have entered into the negative stuff that I don’t want. Then comes the, “I’m just being honest” chatter. If I don’t stop it, the next thing I know I’m having unforgiving, unkind and unloving thoughts, about myself or others. “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.” (Richard Bach) When I am confronted by a growth challenge my thoughts turn to the butterfly’s journey. The butterfly undergoes a tremendous struggle to emerge from the cocoon. Its struggle dries its wings and increases its circulation. If we avoid the struggle, we are doing ourselves more harm than good. Labor of love pains come with the birthing of our true self. What butterflies are waiting to be born within us? I’m so grateful for my defects that are transformed by grace into assets, forget the pain thing. Thy Love, Thy Will be done.