"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord."
Do you ever wonder if you are ever making progress, or growing in your Christian life? You are, so long as you are focused on Jesus--by faith. Sanctification is less a matter of obedience, as it is a matter of "being." The more we become *like* the Savior, the more obedience we will demonstrate.
Your body may be looking older, from year to year--but your soul gets looking better, moment by moment. This growth will not mean that you have less trouble--in fact, it may mean that you have more. But, so long as you are becoming more like Christ, it is definitely worth it.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Are your greatest sufferings comparable to the least spark of grace or beam of glory revealed in you or to you?"
--Thomas Brooks, in "Heaven on Earth"]