I have been doing a lot of thinking recently about hardship. More simply I have been thinking about the word “hard”. I’m sure that most of you will have seen the commercials by Staples that feature the “easy button”. Remember it’s the button that takes something really hard and magically makes it easy.
It occurs to me that “easy” and the pursuit of it is at epidemic proportions in our nation. Have you ever thought about why “hard” has become so vilified while “easy” seems so virtuous?
To prove my point think about how we categorize things that come to our lives. For the most part everything that we consider easy is good and therefore part of God’s blessing in our lives and everything hard is bad and is either a result of sin or a direct attack from Satan on our lives.
And yet throughout the scriptures as well as the experience of our lives the best things in life are hard-fought.
Some of the things I am most proud of came at great effort and sacrifice. My time in the military was filled with challenge and things that could only be categorized as hard. I value them deeply today.
Through hardship we grow strong, we develop character, and we learn discipline.
Therefore, I am starting a new habit. Do something hard every day. Find something no one else wants to do and do it! If the world is going to be reached for Christ in my generation there are going to have to be some people who are willing to look a hard thing right in the eyes and with determination and intent launch into it. Rather than look for the easy, look for the hard. It won’t be hard to find. It will be the thing sitting all by itself while the crowd is gathered around the easy thing.
God, like the United States Marines is looking for a FEW GOOD MEN and WOMEN who are looking for something hard to do!