That's how it is with all of us. Each and every person on this earth has a severe heart condition, an invisible monster, chipping off years of joy and peace. We are all selfish, hurtful, demanding. We want people to do things our way, bend over backward, serve us fully. We want to be happy, no matter what it costs someone else.
When we become Christians, we are saying, "I am putting Christ and others above myself." But we still struggle. As a Christian, we face years of open heart surgery. God knows our weaknesses, He knows where we need to grow. He knows what part of our hearts is focused solely on serving ourselves. And He knows how to teach. Many of us are slow learners. We need a cold, hard slap across the face to realize what we're doing is wrong. For myself, it's taken a year of heartache to discover the patience and trust He has been teaching me. And it's not over yet. By no means have I learned all that I need to about these things.
Being a Christian isn't easy. It isn't a crutch. It doesn't make the pain go away. Being a Christian gives us hope. Hope that when newborn babies have a life-threatening heart condition, no matter what happens, God has a plan. His plan is to prosper us, to grow us. His plan is to teach us how to be more like Him, no matter how incredibly painful those surgeries can get to be.
Be open to God's plan for your life.