Ephesians 4:1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
Philippians 1:21 For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Is the idea of hard an illusion? I understand that trials come and challenges aren’t easy, believe me, I have my share of tough situations. Growing up, academics was a challenge, and did not come easy and still takes work. My baby brother spent his first 8 ½ months in the hospital, which was a huge season of challenges for me and my Family. FCA, big time hard. Recently, I accidentally had my front left tooth knocked out by a 4x4: wood is hard lol. All of us have hard things in our life and will continue to go through hard things, that’s certain, however, our perspective is not. What if our hearts were opened to the reality that the ‘hard things' are actually opportunities for God to grow us into the fullest version of who we are called to be? We may say we believe this truth, but actually living it out tends to be the problem.
So many times in my life I’ve tried to avoid the hard things because the idea of doing it is uncomfortable. Hard things are easy to avoid because there is a level of pain that comes with them. With an earthly mindset (temporary focused), I can quickly justify an alternative route, one that brings more pleasure and less challenge. I would find myself living in ease, gratifying the desires of my flesh, and procrastinating what challenges that were unavoidable. We don’t want to do what is hard because it pushes us to the end of ourselves, and that reality is hard. In a culture that is built around ease and comfort, we as believers in Christ have to be counter cultural, living in the hard. Writing is one way I exercise this way of life.
Writing is not easy, this would be classified as a ’hard thing’ for me. The process of getting this blog composed and posted is proof. It’s in this humble state of my weakness that God longs to meet me. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 talks about how God’s “power is made perfect in weakness”. It is in my weakness, He is made strong. It is in the “hard” that I can actively live and reap from the teachings of God’s word. By doing what is hard, glory is directed to the Father.
Hard things are hard, but with a Kingdom perspective and proper grasp of who God is, hard things are just opportunities for you and I to take our faith to the next level preparing us for the calling God has for us. Let my life and these blogs be a testimony of this Truth.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who gives me strength.