This Is Hard

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Drawn to the Easy

DNA testing would reveal I have a dominant comfort gene. I have a real aversion to pain, potential risk, and anything that tries my patience. I am drawn like a bee to honey for the easy and instant.

Who We Admire

The frustrating thing about my proclivity to comfort is it is in direct opposition to what I know is true about rewarding endeavors. The accomplishments of those I admire are the result of doing something hard. We want to follow the one “who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause.” Remarkable lives are willing to endure numbing tediousness, brutal tests of strength, persistence in the face of obstacles—or all three.

Jesus Did What Was Hard

Jesus didn’t skirt suffering and was willing to bring it up to his followers. Right after slapping Peter with the nickname “Satan” (Mk 8:33). Jesus tells him and the rest of the disciples that they too have a cross they must take up (Mk 8:34). Peter rebuked Jesus for his talk of suffering and rejection. But Jesus knew difficulty was part of what he was called to accomplish.

Difficult Does Not Mean Faulty

If something is hard, it doesn’t automatically mean it’s wrong or needs to be scrapped for an easier plan. What you have been called to accomplish is inherently difficult, because it is worthwhile. Brett McKay wrote, “We cut corners and call it optimizing. We take the path of least resistance and dress up our cowardice in the guise of efficiency. And in doing so, we’re killing ourselves, one life-hack at a time.”

Question

Do you have any difficult goals? Are your initiatives based upon the most undemanding path, under the guise of being sensible. This is hard, worthwhile work and there is nothing sensible about it.

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