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God, I hate splinters! I had one stuck under my nail the other day that was impossible to remove.

Then it woke me up one night with a powerful message.

Watch this:

Those irritations, the pain, the aggravations in life are necessary. We need them to call our attention to the splinter. If it didn’t hurt, we’d probably live with it forever.

It’s possible to actually be grateful for the “splinters” in our lives, even in the midst of great pain. I’m learning to say thank you to these harbingers of change and transformation.

Even when — especially when — they really suck.

What do you think?